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Gillingham manager Steve Evans salutes Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Jordan Graham's 'outstanding' display against Burton Albion

Jordan Graham looked a class act for Gillingham on Saturday.

The Wolves winger has joined on loan for the rest of the season and impressed on his debut, coming off the bench against Burton to replace Matty Willock.

Gillingham's Jordan Graham challenges with Burton's Ryan Edwards Picture: Ady Kerry
Gillingham's Jordan Graham challenges with Burton's Ryan Edwards Picture: Ady Kerry

“He was outstanding,” said Evans, of his new recruit.

“Colin Daniel (the Burton left-back) is a great lad, he’s played for me (at Peterborough) but he didn’t know where he was when Jordan got on the ball, credit to Jordan.

“He is a confidence boy, you have to feed him and give him the ball, we have to get him to work a little bit harder but you could say that about every wide player in the world.

"They like to get on the ball and create, to score and make a goal rather than defend.”

Graham delivered a couple of tasty-looking crosses, with the Gills close to converting.

Evans felt they should have done. He said: “The first one, he goes by the boy and he hangs it up at the far stick. I think we should be coming over people and getting onto that.

“He will be an asset to the group, we need to get him up to match speed, match minutes, that is why we didn’t start him, amongst other things because others deserved to play.

“Jordan Graham has shown what he can bring and he will make a difference.”

Tom O’Connor was back involved after recovering from injury. He replaced fellow Southampton loanee Alfie Jones in the defensive midfield position, holding his own in a role he knows well.

“Young Tommy has played many times at Southampton in that central midfield role and that was a good swap,” said Evans, who was without Jones through injury.

O’Connor almost hit the winner, too, striking the bar in stoppage-time with a long-range shot.

“It was a brilliant strike from him,” Evans added. “If the goalkeeper has touched it, it’s a tremendous save.”

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