SORRY I RU­INED YOUR HAT-TRICK!

The Football League Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By Jamie Holt

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!”

Goals

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.

Chance

“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.”

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