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Jamie Grimes “Moore will learn from mistake”

Cheltenham Town defender Jamie Grimes has heaped praise on fellow centre back partner Taylor Moore despite his mistake at Port Vale on Saturday.

The English centre-backs have started seven games alongside each other so far this season, most of which have been during the Robins five match unbeaten streak in which they picked up 13 points from a possible 15.

“He’s a young centre-half, everyone keeps forgetting that he’s only 20 years old,” Grimes said.

“He’s going to have days where someone with more experience is going to get the better of him, but he’s only going to learn from that. When you’re younger you have to learn and deal with these big centre forwards and the days that you do remember are the ones where you take a bit of a beating, but then you come back stronger for it.”

The Englishman added: “He’s played just 10 games this season and he’s been excellent. He’s had a little bit of a blip but I play with him and completely back him to go and put that right, starting with tomorrow.

Since Cheltenham boss Gary Johnson decided to switch Grimes to the left side of defence and introduce Moore on the right, the Robins have seen their league form improve drastically.

In recent weeks they have climbed from the foot of the table to 13th, and just six points off the play-offs ahead of tomorrow night’s clash with fellow mid-table side Grimsby Town.

Grimes said: “It feels comfortable for me, especially when I’ve been playing on my weaker right side with Boylie (Will Boyle).

“It definitely feels a lot better playing on the left, it feels more natural as I can bring the ball down and play.

“The team is a lot more balanced as it allows for the full-backs to bomb on and get crosses into the box, I think it works well with what we’ve got.”

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