Gillingham manager Martin Allen hailed his super subs after veteran striker Deon Burton climbed off the bench to grab a dramatic 2-1 victory for the npower League Two leaders.

The former Derby County frontman was Allen's third and final change and he showed why his manager turned to him with a superb turn and finish in stoppage time. The game had appeared set for a draw after Morecambe's own sub Jack Redshaw cancelled out Lewis Montrose's first-half opener.

And Allen, whose side are now seven points clear at the top, said: "To have people like Deon Burton, Myles Weston and Charlie Allen on the bench - what a difference they all make when they come on. In modern football your subs have to be quality, they have to be powerful, and thankfully we've got them here."

He continued: "What a finish from Deon. I've seen him do that for years, and it was an amazing end to what was a very difficult game. We started extremely well, but Morecambe have being playing well recently, and are well organised with real men on their team.

"They're getting stronger and stronger with a good blend of young and old players. I give every one of them full respect. Everyone's going to raise their game when they come here, but it's up to us to respond by raising ours, which we did. It was a great performance from Lewis Montrose, if he was your son you'd be proud."

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley was understandably deflated after the late winner. He said: "To get beaten in that manner in injury time after the work rate we put in was devastating. We played some good stuff. The substitutions worked well, and Jack put the ball in practically with his first touch

"But after that they threw a lot at us, but we defended our set plays well and when we did get the ball we soaked up the pressure and worked one or two very good chances.

"But, it can happen and when you switch off for a second you can get punished, which is what happened for both goals.

"We gave a very good account of ourselves and I hope it doesn't take the wind out of our sails as we've been playing really well of late. Although we've got a small squad for this level we really pushed and almost made it count.

"I'm really sorry for the fans who made such a long journey down here something to shout about."