Scunthorpe Utd: 'I'll get goals' says Grant, 'but only if I play'
Bobby Grant has backed himself to add to his 12-goal tally this season – but only if he's given the opportunity by Scunthorpe United.
The 21-year-old striker found himself thrust back into Iron action in the 1-0 loss against Huddersfield Town at the weekend, just days after he had returned to the club following a loan spell at Accrington Stanley.
He scored three goals in eight games in League Two, back at the club where he previously enjoyed a hugely-successful four seasons, to add to the nine he netted for the Iron during the first half of the campaign.
Grant was lively throughout the match at the Galpharm Stadium, in what was his first Scunthorpe start since Boxing Day, and was twice denied a goal by the woodwork.
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He is keen to remain involved when United host Bournemouth on Saturday – their penultimate match of the season – ahead of an uncertain summer, when he is out of contract.
"It's frustrating being a striker," Grant told the Telegraph.
"The margins between what's a goal and what's not are very small.
"The crossbar denied me in the second half and the inside of the post denied me in the first half.
"But that happens, it's football. I'm disappointed not have scored but I'll dust myself down and if I play again this Saturday, I'll back myself to get a goal.
"The better side lost at the weekend. I think everyone who had been at the game, even Huddersfield players, fans and the manager, will say the same thing.
"If you make a mistake at this level you get punished.
"Paul Reid knows he made a mistake (in the build-up to Lee Novak's 89th minute winner) but he's experienced and he and Dave Mirfin had been fantastic, as had the whole team.
"If we keep playing like that and take it into next season, I'm sure we'll win a lot more games than we'll lose."
Grant's recall came as the Iron were without as many as four other front men.
Jon Parkin (hamstring), Conor McAleny (knee) and Garry Thompson (groin) were sidelined through injury, while Jordan Robertson is suspended for the remainder of the campaign.
In the absence of a strike partner, with Connor Jennings still yet to reach 100 per cent following a broken metatarsal, Grant was used own his own through the middle.
Both his effort and effect was noted by manager Alan Knill, who believes time away from the Iron has served the Scouser well.
"It was difficult for us at the time he went out on loan," said the United boss, describing Grant as 'excellent'.
"He was frustrated at not playing and the team was winning, so it kind of boiled over. We said 'okay, go and play' and it's obviously done him good.
"He came back and trained with us Thursday and Friday and he's been excellent.
"He played on his own up front on Saturday, but we know he can play in that position because he's got good movement.
"It's important for us, when we have possession of the ball, to make use of that movement and we did. He was unlucky not to score."