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Grant relishes reunion with ‘best mate’ Walker

15 January 2019

Debutant Jorge Grant stated that it was enjoyable to link up with ‘best friend’ Tyler Walker again following Mansfield Town’s 1-0 victory over Crawley Town.

Mansfield dominated proceedings at One Call Stadium but it took Walker until the 88th minute to net the pivotal strike – his 17th goal of the season.

And all the while, Grant looked lively during his Stags bow as he worked tirelessly to try and unlock the opposition back-line.

The Stags’ no. 23 expressed his delight at playing alongside Walker once more as they secured all three points on Tuesday evening.

“It was good to link up with Ty, as always,” he began.

“I spoke to him earlier in the game – saying that he’ll get one today – and he has so I’m really pleased for him.

“It was very enjoyable for me out there especially because we got the win in the end, and played some good football at times, too.”

The creative attacking midfielder, who penned a temporary deal from Nottingham Forest yesterday, also spoke of his desire to chalk up valuable first-team minutes.

“Obviously I’ve been waiting to get playing again and I really enjoyed it out there,” Grant continued.

“It was tough, especially on the legs, but I’m really happy to get the win.

“It was very enjoyable for me out there especially because we got the win in the end, and played some good football at times, too.”

Jorge Grant, attacking midfielder

“I thought in the first half we played some really good football. Second half turned a little scrappy but Ty [Walker] got the goal in the end.”

The 24-year-old was denied a debut goal by Reds’ ‘keeper Glenn Morris but was deservedly awarded the man of the match award for a fine display in front of the Stags’ faithful.

“It’s really nice from whoever picks the man of the match; I’m really pleased they picked me.

“There were a couple [opportunities] in the first half that I was really close to [scoring], so it was one of those where I needed it to fall my way, but Ty got it in the end which is good.

“I felt like I did well first half especially, second-half I perhaps drifted in and out of it.

“My passes were a bit loose sometimes but that happens in football when you haven’t played a lot. I felt like I fitted in well.”


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