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Grimes: “We believe in ourselves”

11 September 2014

Midfielder looks ahead to U’s visit on Saturday

Despite Exeter City being yet to register a win so far this season, midfielder Matt Grimes feels that the Grecians have confidence in their own ability.

City play Oxford on Saturday, who themselves are yet to secure a maximum in the early weeks of the League 2 season.  The Grecians have certainly shown their potential in spells across the opening six games, but haven’t been able to convert that into a victory as yet. 

Grimes netted his first goal at home last weekend against Mansfield after coming off the bench, but ultimately it was nothing but a consolation after a poor first-half showing had left them trailing by two.

But Grimes is confident that the team have the capacity to string together some results and performances in the coming weeks – starting with this weekend’s game against the U’s.

“Obviously I was really pleased to get my first goal at St James Park [against Mansfield], but ultimately it was about the result and how we played as a team,” said Grimes.

“We all know that it wasn’t good enough and we’re looking to bounce back this week.  We all believe in ourselves and believe that we can get back to winning ways.”

“We know in training with the shapes we do and the way we train that we are good enough to beat teams in our league comfortably and pass them off the pitch.

“It’s about getting that on a Saturday, especially when teams that we play are getting around you.  We have to have confidence in our ability.”



Michael Appleton’s men, like Exeter, sit on two points after six games and both will be aiming much higher in the league table in the coming season.

But Grimes is keen to make sure that City play without fear and anxiety and go for the jugular of their opponents.

“It might be a little bit edgy to start with, but we’re at home and we’ve got to go after the win,” continued Matt.

“We know that we are good enough to beat Oxford or any team in this league so we need to go for it and show everyone what we can do.

“It might be in the back of our mind that we’ve not had the best start, but we all know that we are good players and that we can beat teams, so we need to keep going the way we’re going.”


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