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Grant's Goal Glee

DEVELOPMENT SQUAD defender Alex Grant says he was delighted to get his name on the scoresheet on Friday afternoon as the Under-21s ran out comfortable 2-0 winners against Tottenham Hotspur at Clayton Wood.

The result elevated the Potters above their visitors into mid table in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League and followed a hard earned 1-1 away to Sunderland last Monday evening.

It was the former Portsmouth starlet's first league goal of the campaign and he hopes it can be the first of many over the remainder of the season.

"I don't get many so I was a bit shocked at first and didn't know what to do but it was a good feeling to score," Grant revealed, "I've watched it back a few times now and I'm really pleased with the finish.

"I haven't got as many as I would have liked this season but it's something I can still work on between now and the end of the year and hopefully get a few more which would be good.

"I feel it's something that all defenders need to have as part of their overall game because getting on the scoresheet every now and then obviously helps the team."

The 19-year-old believes it was a good team performance against a decent Spurs side and was equally pleased to claim a clean sheet.

"They are a good team and have been getting some pretty decent results this season. I think they beat Newcastle United 4-1 earlier in the week so that just proves how good a result it was for us," he added.

"We went into the game knowing they were going to be a strong side but we defended well and they didn't really trouble us in front of goal which we were pretty pleased about as a defensive unit.

"We haven't kept many clean sheets this season so to get one on Friday was very pleasing because we got what we deserved after defending pretty well."

Following a poor showing in the inaugural competition last year, the Potters have already claimed the notable scalps of Manchester United and the aforementioned Spurs this season and Grant believes the side are proving a few people wrong.

"As a team I think we can be pleased with how we have performed over the majority of the season," said Grant.

"I think especially after last year quite a few people wouldn't have put money on how well were are doing at the moment.

"We deserve it because we have been doing well in a lot of the games and Glyn [Hodges] has got us playing some good football now.

"I think we are starting to learn the trade a lot better and picking up the little things that count to help you become a professional."

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