Exeter City latest - Grant targets more City starts

PUBLISHED: 11:07 06 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:07 06 September 2016

The St James Park home of Exeter City

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Joel Grant is targeting more starts for Exeter City after scoring the winning goal against Colchester United on Saturday, writes Simon Larkins.

Grant, who has only started two cup games for the Grecians this season, came off the bench at the weekend to convert Jack Stacey’s cross to give his side a 3-2 win at the Colchester Community Stadium.

Speaking about his goal, Grant said: “I knew I had to come on and try and make and impact; that was what was going through my mind.

“I remember the ball breaking down the right and my first thought was just try and get into the box and find space. Jack has put in a great ball and Jake (Taylor) has made a good run across one of their defenders and it has ended up at the back post and I put it in.”

City, who travel to Crewe Alexandra next before hosting Plymouth Argyle a week on Saturday, were 2-1 down at half-time but produced a brilliant second-half display to win the game.

Grant admits to not knowing what was said by manager Paul Tisdale in the dressing room during at half-time as he was out warming up. However, he hopes that will not be a problem in the future.

“I can’t quite tell you what was said because I was out warming up,” said Grant. “I hope I will be in there more often because I want to play, but whatever he did say, it worked.”

Grant, having scored for Jamaica against Chile in the summer with his head, has also been under pressure from the coaching staff to nod home a few goals for the Grecians this season. Unfortunately for him though Jack Stacey’s cross from the right, in the 67th minute, landed at his feet.

“The manager has been onto me to run to goal, but also to think about heading it,” he said. “So my first thought was to get in there and try and get a header, but if it comes to my feet then I am more than happy to put it in the net that way.”

Stacey joined on loan from Reading on Wednesday. He and defender Luke Croll were both making their debuts and Grant was impressed with how they played.

“I thought both him and Luke (Croll) did really well,” said Grant. “It is not always easy, especially with the difficult circumstances we have found ourselves in. I thought both of them did outstanding.”

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