Published: 06:00, 15 November 2019
Gillingham’s impressive midweek performance against Tottenham’s youngsters has given the club’s management something to think about.
The Gills made wholesale changes for Tuesday night’s EFL Trophy game against Spurs under-21s, but those that came in made an impression.
Alex Jakubiak and Jack Tucker scored the goals in a 2-0 win and Gills assistant manager Paul Raynor said: “It was an opportunity to produce a positive performance to put thoughts in our mind, that was what the game was all about.
“They hadn’t done that in games against Colchester and Ipswich (losing both of those) but this time they have. We all went away really pleased andI am sure the manager is happy.”
Winger Mark Marshall stood out with a man-of-the-match performance. He was a constant threat throughout and produced the cross that Tucker headed home to score the second.
Raynor said: “He was disappointed not to be involved Saturday (at Sunderland in the FA Cup) and showed it in the right manner.
“We were pleased with Mark. He created a few opportunities and he stuck one on Jack’s head to take the pressure out of the game and seal the victory.”
Jakubiak ended a run of 10 games without a goal to open the scoring, finishing well after a quality first touch presented him with a scoring chance.
Raynor wants a bit more of the same, saying: “Alex has got that in the locker, he just needs to bring it out a little bit more.
“He has got an awful lot of ability, we just need to see a little bit more of it. He is a little inconsistent at times but he is a young player, he is developing.
“We have a lot of young players in that squad, like Ndjoli, Jones, Tom O’Connor. They are young players learning their trade and the more Alex can do that, then the more benefit it will be to us.”
O’Connor will be unavailable for this weekend’s game against Lincoln because he is on international duty with Republic of Ireland’s under-21s.
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