Bobby Grant says he’s delighted to be back amongst the action for Fleetwood Town after a lengthy injury absence.
The midfielder made his return from a 10-week spell on the sidelines in Town’s 3-2 Checkatrade Trophy win over Bury on Tuesday night, and marked the occasion with a goal from the penalty spot.
Grant – who captained the side – came through 60 minutes and was impressive in leading a very young Fleetwood side.
“On a personal note I’m delighted get 60 minutes under my belt,” said Grant.
“The gaffer told me to play as long as I could, but I think when I got chopped by one of their young players around the 60 minute mark I think he thought that’s enough. The legs started to feel a little bit heavy and the pitch was heavy.
“When you’ve been out for so long you just want the games to keep coming. I just want to get back on that bus and get into the swing of things with the lads.”
Reflecting on the match, the 27-year-old said: “They had a strong team out to be fair. We had a young team out, a few experienced lads, a few coming back from injury.
“It was a solid performance. Overall, I think the manager will be pleased with tonight.”
The match also saw Conor McAleny make his first start since October, and Grant was full of praise for him and strike partner Jordy Hiwula, who bagged a brace against the Shakers.
“They’re two very good footballers,” added Grant.
“Jordy’s proved his point tonight with two goals. Connor’s come back from injury, started the game, looked really sharp, and was just missing the goal.
“I was just delighted with how well they played together and it was great to see them back on the pitch enjoying their football.”
The draw for the Checkatrade Trophy quarter final will be held at 7pm on Thursday.