SORRY I RUINED YOUR HAT-TRICK!
JAMIE Cureton stopped his Exeter striker partner Jamie Reid getting a hat-trick on his debut – but thinks the youngster will go on to make up for it.
Reid was making his first start for the club and notched two goals in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with AFC Wimbledon.
And he would have had a third if it wasn’t for Cureton lurking in an offside position – causing his 82nd-minute strike to be controversially chalked off.
“He didn’t mention it to me afterwards,” joked Cureton. “It was disappointing for him – it was typical of me though, hanging around looking to steal someone else’s goal!”
At 37, former Reading, Queens Park Rangers and Norwich striker Cureton is 18 years Reid’s senior and has scored 247 goals in 713 appearances during a career that started in 1993.
But he is highlyy impressed with the pacy Reid and says that the only shock to him has been the amount of time it’s taken Grecians’ boss Paul Tisdale to let him loose.
“He’s got a bright future because he’s got the lot, everything a modern-day striker needs: pace, power and he can finish,” said Cureton, who made his debut for Norwich in February 1993, before Reid had even been born.
“He’s done really well. It has been a surprise it’s taken this long for him to get a chance in the first team really, but there’s a lot of experience at Exeter.
“I remember making my debut and being a little cocky kid. I expected to be playing at his age and I wish that I had been a bit more downto-earth like him back then. It’s a great feeling though, I’m sure he got a great buzz and I still get that buzz now, even though I’m old enough to be his dad!
“He can definitely play at a higher level, and that’s how Exeter make their money – by bringing through young players and selling them on.
“It’s hard to say at the moment how high he can go, but certainly higher than League Two. It’s down to him really.
“He’s been working hard all season and he finally got his chance and took it with both
hands. You can’t ask for much more than two goals on your debut, and he did really well.”
Having spent most of the season on loan at Dorchester Town, Reid says it was a shock when boss Tisdale drafted him in at the last minute.
But the 19-year-old, in his first year as a professional, is now hoping to score some more in City’s final game of the season against Chesterfield. “To get told by the manager I was starting was great and I was so up for it,” said Reid.
“I found out about half past one on the day and I had no idea. I thought I was going to be spare man, so I was shocked when the boss said I was starting.
“I couldn’t wait to get out on the pitch. “It was my full debut and, if I had been told on Friday night, I probably wouldn’t have slept but I’m happy with the way it went.
“This is where the hard works starts – even though it’s the end of the season, I’ve got to kick on, keep trying hard and try to establish
myself in the first team.”