Loan Watch: Jones and O'Connor in FA Cup test

By SFC Media time Mon 06 Jan Loan Watch
Photo by Dylan Martinez | Alfie Jones

Saints youngsters Alfie Jones and Thomas O’Connor played their part as Gillingham narrowly missed out to Premier League side West Ham in the FA Cup.

Both started the third-round match-up, in which the League One side more than matched David Moyes’s side for the majority of the game.

Goals from Pablo Zabaleta and a late clincher from Pablo Fornals ultimately swung the tie in the Hammers’ favour.

Jones played the duration, whilst O’Connor was subbed off after 79 minutes with Gillingham needing a goal.

The FA Cup fixture came four days following a 1-1 draw for Gillingham at home to Portsmouth in the league, continuing the side’s unbeaten record to seven games.

Both Jones and O’Connor played the full duration of the New Year’s Day fixture, with Alex Jakubiak equalising for the home side late on.

Elsewhere it was a contrasting New Year's Day in terms of fortunes for Harrison Reed and Fulham; the midfielder was forced off after 19 minutes during their 2-1 defeat at home to Reading with a calf injury.

The injury meant that he could play no part in the weekend’s FA Cup win for the Cottagers over Aston Villa.

In Europe, Guido Carillo played the final ten minutes of Leganés’ 2-2 draw at Valladolid in Spain.

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