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“It means a lot to me to beat them”

19 September 2012

Grandison pleased with win over Coventry City

By Matt Johnson

Stopper Jermaine Grandison could barely hide his delight when talking to ShrewsWeb pitch-side after Town romped to a 4-1 victory over his former employers Coventry City at the Greenhous Meadow.

Putting Saturday’s disappointing defeat to Scunthorpe behind them, The Shrews concocted the perfect remedy in reaction as Darren Jones’ early header settled the nerves before later strikes from Marvin Morgan and Matt Richards (2) topped a historic win.

“I think it was a really great result,” said Grandison. “I think after the bad result at the weekend, we set about this as a really important game and said that we just needed to go out and get the three points.

“I thought after the defeat against Scunthorpe we all stayed positive and we just concentrated on this game. At the weekend we tended to stand off them a bit and let them dictate play, but today we just got them with their heads down and pressed in, closed them down and it worked.”

Before the encounter with Coventry, goals had been relatively hard to come by for Graham Turner’s side. With just five coming in the seven matches so far this season, Grandison admitted that the factor had been addressed in training.

“We spoke about not scoring enough goals and we went out and scored four today. I thought we worked really hard, the strikers worked really hard as well so it was a great result. 

“We worked really hard as a team. We closed down from the front and everyone else followed in and then when we got the ball we kept moving it and passing it and we created good opportunities and we took them today.”

Having been with The Sky Blues for ten years from the age of nine, Grandison owes much of his footballing upbringing to the staff at the Ricoh Arena. But sentiment didn’t come into it on the pitch as the 21-year-old confessed his delight that his new team were able to topple one of the bigger names in British football.

“Yeah it means a lot to me to beat them, especially in the way we did. At the end of the day I just thought, ‘I’m just going to go into this game and do my best,’ and we just wanted to get the three points really and I’m delighted we’ve done that.

“I think it will really lift up the lads’ confidence after that good result and I think we can just take it into the weekend game now and go and get another three points and keep on pushing on up the league.”

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