Gaz: I'm the man to get Grant going

Bucks Free Press: Joel Grant has been tipped for the top by Gareth Ainsworth Joel Grant has been tipped for the top by Gareth Ainsworth

JOEL Grant can become a complete player if he keeps working hard, Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth said after seeing him score a goal of the season contender.

The winger took on most of the Rochdale defence in a mazy run off the right wing before clipping the ball over the advancing keeper for a sublime goal that looked set to earn Wanderers a point until Dale snatched an injury time winner.

Ainsworth doesn’t think Grant is the finished article yet but has been impressed with an increased workrate from the former Watford man since he was handed the managers’ reins at Adams Park.

And he said he’ll get his rewards if he keeps it up – adding he’s the man to set Grant on his way.

Ainsworth said: “A lot of managers have spoken to me about him and said he’s so frustrating – well I aim to take that frustrating bit out of Joel and make him a complete player.

“I think he’s working harder than he ever has done on the wing – and he knows about it – but he’s got that touch of class about him that can get you higher and further in this game. If we can keep consistent with Joel, he’ll definitely have a good career.”

That hard work goes for the rest of the squad though, as Ainsworth added: “We need to be fitter and stronger. My regime will be tougher training but hopefully they’ll reap rewards.”

Referring to the goal he said: “Joel Grant’s goal was superb, class. If you see that in the Premier League you’ll be watching it all night. It was a great finish from him.”

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