Stimson - Pressure off Jackson
Mark Stimson has insisted that the reliance on Simeon Jackson to help the club avoid relegation has eased.
By Mike Barton
Last Updated: 02/03/10 5:24pm
Gillingham boss Mark Stimson has insisted that the reliance on Simeon Jackson to help the club avoid relegation has been eased in recent times.
The Canadia international, who has scored 15 goals this season, has been heavily relied on by the Gills to keep them up, with the side scoring just two goals in their last eight games.
The 22-year-old is a prized asset at the Kent outfit and has seen his reputation grow after scoring 22 goals last season to guide the club into League One.
But with a reputation comes expectation, and Stimson believes the three strikers he has brought into the club in Chris Dickson, Rene Howe and James Walker have helped take the weight off Jackson's shoulders.
"We've added a good couple of forwards now, but we have relied on Simeon to score all the goals," said Stimson.
"Last season we did and he was absolutely outstanding every week and kept coming up with the goods.
"He has already got 15 this season in a side that doesn't score a great amount of goals, so that is a great plus for him."
Stimson is positive about the competition for striking places, insisting that it would be of benefit to his side, although he did concede that the players he had brought in had been unfortunate with injuries.
"We've been trying to help him out all season though, with Scott Vernon coming in from Colchester, be he only last 44 minutes before getting injured.
"Then Fabian Brandy came in from Manchester United and was outstanding for us, but he had to go back as well after picking up an injury.
"So, now we've got four strikers, plus Dennis Oli, that will compete for those two or three places up front and it will create competition, which can only help the side."