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Gillingham manager Steve Evans expects better of young keeper Joe Walsh

Tuesday night’s match was a learning curve for young keeper Joe Walsh, said Gills boss Steve Evans.

The 17-year-old made his first senior appearance for Gillingham, in the EFL Trophy match against Colchester United.

Joe Walsh is beaten as Colchester score one of three goals on Tuesday night Picture: Ady Kerry
Joe Walsh is beaten as Colchester score one of three goals on Tuesday night Picture: Ady Kerry

Walsh conceded three and Evans said: “He could have done better with all of the goals, he knows that, but he is a young boy.

“He is probably the youngest player in the competition, unless it’s at Bolton, but he will learn from that, he has to, because it has to be a lot better and his standards are much better.

“But we are not looking at Joe, we could have helped him a little bit in front of him as well.”

Another youngster, Jack Tucker, also played. It was the 19-year-old’s fourth appearance for the club at senior level.

Jack Tucker played in central defence for the Gills against Colchester Picture: Ady Kerry
Jack Tucker played in central defence for the Gills against Colchester Picture: Ady Kerry

“He did well,” added Evans. “It was physical out there, especially against Theo Robinson (the Colchester forward), who is very experienced, loves to throw an elbow in. But he is a good player and every club in League 2 would take him, which is why he has moved about so much.

“But I thought Jack did well against him. There were one or two things, where he got caught in the middle of the park, but he is a kid learning his way and we like Jack Tucker.”

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