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Jordan Graham converts penalty against Charlton Athletic to make amends for his miss against Sunderland

Jordan Graham delivered under pressure after begging for one more chance from the penalty spot for Gillingham.

Graham had a crucial penalty saved in the recent league game against Sunderland and had been replaced as the man chosen to take them for the Gills.

Jordan Graham converts from the spot against Charlton Picture: Keith Gillard (43223253)
Jordan Graham converts from the spot against Charlton Picture: Keith Gillard (43223253)

But the winger was given another chance on Saturday, after John Aknde was tripped in the box, and he confidently fired home to put the Gills ahead. Charlton claimed a point, however, when Chuks Aneke fired home late on.

Assistant boss Paul Raynor said: “He came across (to the bench) because the last game I went and put someone else on penalties.

“He begged and begged, asking if he could take the next one, he said he had missed the last but wouldn’t miss the next and we relented and said ‘okay, you have got one more chance ‘and to be fair to him he stuck it in and that’s the main thing.”

It took Graham’s goal tally to six for the season, including two penalties, topping the goal chart for the Gills.

His other one came deep into stoppage time against Coventry City in the League Cup, a goal which took the game to penalties. He also scored from the spot as the Gills won the shootout.

Graham tweeted: “Glad to get back on the scoresheet. Felt we deserved more than a point but we’ll take it against a good side. Onto Tuesday night now!”

Gillingham are back in action at home on Tuesday against AFC Wimbledon.

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Report: Gillingham 1 Charlton Athletic 1

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