Published: 06:00, 17 January 2021
Kyle Dempsey’s winner for Gillingham on Saturday was Premier League quality said manager Steve Evans.
Dempsey curled home what turned out to be the winner at the end of the first half against Accrington Stanley.
“If that’s in the Premier League it’s special,” said Gills boss Steve Evans.
“It was a fantastic finish from Kyle. From memory, it was six or seven passes, on the counter attack, one or two touch and Kyle has that quality to do what he does.
“He has been outstanding for most of the season and he was very good.”
Dempsey was denied a second after the break with home keeper Nathan Baxter making a good save - one of several in the match.
Evans said: “Second half as well he went through the middle and they have an outstanding young goalkeeper on loan from Chelsea and he made a brilliant save to leave it 1-0.
“If that goes in we win more comfortably, but any point (against Accrington), never mind three you have to earn and we earned it.”
Gillingham’s midfielders will need to stay on top of their game with the likes of Jacob Mellis and Stuart O’Keefe coming back to fitness.
O’Keefe was introduced as a late substitute for Jordan Graham, playing the final few minutes, following his rehabilitation from a broken leg. His return came just four months after that injury.
Evans said: “I watched Jordan Graham try and back heel the ball and it almost cost us the goal but he was getting tired.
“Stuart is fighting to get up to fitness but he has had two full weeks of training now, including a practice match where he was very good, so he will be buzzing inside. He is two months ahead of schedule and he is almost ready now.
“He is a 60 and a 90 minutes at the training ground away now from putting on a shirt and starting games and he needs to start games because he is a player we have badly missed.”
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