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Grant delighted with victory on 100th league appearance

28 October 2017

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Fleetwood Town’s newest centurion Bobby Grant has said he is delighted following Saturday’s 2-0 win over Oxford United at Highbury.

Grant marked his 100th league appearance in Fleetwood colours with a late goal before teeing up Jordy Hiwula to tap home in stoppage time to seal an important three points for Uwe Rosler’s side.

The win also proved to be the first clean sheet since winning away at Bradford City in late September.

“First and foremost I’m delighted with the win,” said Grant.

“The manager said the first half wasn’t good enough but the second half was back to the Fleetwood we all know.

“We worked on the 3-4-3 in pre-season and we haven’t done that in a long time. The manager is good enough to recognise when it is and isn’t working and half way through the first half he realised it wasn’t.

“That’s when we went back to the familiar formation. As soon as we went back to that I think we dominated the game.”

Last week’s defeat saw Fleetwood concede an 89th minute goal, but this time it was Town’s turn to leave it late as Grant deservedly opened the scoring in the 88th minute.

“I’m not sure why their defenders were backing off because I was going to put the ball back in the box when I first received it from Bolger,” Grant added.

“It was all about keeping it low and luckily for me it went in the far corner.”

The midfielder has also praised Ash Hunter, who spearheaded the move that brought around the second goal.

“For the second goal, it’s all about Ash.

“It’s a great ball from Kyle [Dempsey] and Ash has taken the ball and made a huge impact. All the gaffer asks for is impact players and that’s what he’s been today.”

Saturday’s game marked another man of the match performance for midfielder Kyle Dempsey, and Grant believes the 22-year-old’s work rate was pivotal in the victory.

“The 3 of us in midfielder – me, Kyle and [George] Glendon – raised the energy levels in the second half.

“Kyle was like a lunatic and his energy levels really drive this team. It gets us further up the pitch, and we really push the strikers on.”

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