Jayden Clarke said despite the loss to Luton he enjoyed the experience of playing at Kenilworth Road.
Gills boss Neil Harris described it as a ‘coming-of-age’ performance for Jayden Clarke, who believed that the entire evening was a great experience.
Having scored his first goal for the club at the age of 22, Clarke is hopeful he can continue replicating that form over his next appearances.
Assessment of the game…
It was a great experience for everyone involved. I really enjoyed it, and I think all of the players really enjoyed it. It was a good game, and we were unlucky not to get anything out of it. Two of their goals showed why they were a Premier League team, but it was a good experience, and we move on now and focus on the league.
At 2-0, we said at half-time that the next goal was crucial. If they scored it, they could deflate us a bit. Luckily, we got it, and it lifted us, but unfortunately, that third goal was a great finish. We got unlucky, but it was a great feeling to score.
The whole time I was dribbling I was looking into the box to see if anyone was coming. Obviously, I knew Nadders was there, but it wasn’t really on. At the last minute, I decided to go by myself, and luckily, it paid off.
It was my first goal for Gillingham, so it was a great experience and a great feeling.
Building on his first goal…
For the attributes that I have, I probably should be a little bit more selfish. It is something that I am working on at the moment. I have to keep going, and hopefully, it will come off on the pitch.
Once you get one, it builds a bit of confidence, so next time I get onto the pitch, I am going to try and replicate that and do it again.