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Grant, "It's a massive, massive result for us"

4 March 2015

Two goal hero happy to see Town back on top

Two goal hero Bobby Grant hailed a "massive result" in Shrewsbury's season as Tuesday night's 2-1 win at Accrington Stanley put Town back on top of League 2.

Grant's header late on sealed the points in difficult conditions which saw them leapfrog Burton on goal difference.

"The lads know it's a massive, massive result for us," said the Blackpool loanee. "We've come in at half time having given a sloppy goal away but we've all pulled together and that's what the gaffer has asked us to do. If we work hard, our fitness and ability will shine through and it did.

"It's not about me scoring goals, it's about winning the game and going back to the top of the league. The lads have worked really hard. They've put a shift in and it's come off the back of two straight defeats. The manager asked us to show good character and we've done that."

The win put smiles back on Shrewsbury faces after defeats against Tranmere and Northampton on a night when the weather conditions made it difficult for both teams.

"The pitch at Accrington is probably better than ours," smiled Grant. "It plays better so that's not an excuse - it was fine."

Grant's goals were only his 2nd and 3rd in Shrewsbury colours and he's now targeting more in the remaining 12 matches.

"The first took a deflection but it's about hitting the target so I'm going to claim that one!" he said. "It's always nice to get on the scoresheet and I owe the fans that. Since I've been with Shrewsbury they've been fantastic and I owe it to the lads too because I should have had a few more goals under my belt."

"The second was all about getting good contact on it. It was a great ball from Jean Louis Akpa Akpro and I think we deserved it. We weren't creating too many clear chances but we were knocking on the door and it was going to come. The fans have been fantastic who've come to watch us on a cold Tuesday night, we are very grateful to have them behind us."

Grant, a former Accrington player, also paid tribute to the Stanley manager who he credits with launching his career.

"I owe a lot to John Coleman, he gave me a chance to become a professional footballer," he said. "He's a very good manager who has worked wonders with Accrington."

The win sets Town up nicely for Saturday's visit of Cambridge United at the Greenhous Meadow. The two sides met earlier this season in a 0-0 draw in a contrast where Shrewsbury dominated large chunks of the 2nd half.

"We've made the Meadow a bit of a fortress this season but we lost for the first time this season on Saturday," he said. "If we can play like we did at their place this weekend we'll get the win."

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