Jamie Grimes keen to bounce back from Port Vale loss

Cheltenham Town defender Jamie Grimes believes Tuesday’s encounter with Grimsby Town is a great opportunity to bounce back to winning ways.

The Robins’ three-match winning run came to an end as Port Vale defeated Cheltenham 3-1 at Vale Park on Saturday.

Despite being brought down to earth after picking up 13 points out of a possible 15, Grimes is glad to return to action at the LCI Rail Stadium as quick as possible to get over the weekend’s result.

“We know that we have a real chance to put things right,” said Grimes.

“If we win tomorrow, then Saturday is pretty much forgotten about because we will be back on our run, in front of our own fans winning games of football again.”

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Boss Gary Johnson has a favourable record against the Mariners, winning all four of his previous meetings. Despite that, Grimes is expecting a tough evening against Russell Slade’s outfit and remains motivated to building on their recent form.

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“Every time that I’ve played Grimsby it’s always been a tough test and a big game and I’m looking forward to it.

“We’re all gutted that the run has ended in the way it did, but knowing this group and knowing the individuals it will only make us hungrier to go and put it right tomorrow against Grimsby.”

Following the lacklustre performance at the weekend, there has been calls for boss Gary Johnson to make changes to the side, especially with the large amount of games coming up over the next few weeks.

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The centre-back believes that there’s healthy competition in the Robins’ ranks, but insists every player is determined to keep hold of their place in the side.

The 26-year-old said: “If you’re not performing, you lose your shirt and that’s football.

“But that’s the good thing about this squad is that we have competition. We have to perform to keep that shirt otherwise we lose it.”



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