Goal king Grimes has Paul purring

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bam­sey

PAUL Tis­dale has backed teenage sen­sa­tion Matt Grimes to play in the Premier League after the mid­fielder helped Ex­eter stretch their un­beaten league run to nine games.

Grimes, 19, pro­duced an ac­com­plished per­for­mance and scored his first goal from open play as spec­u­la­tion mounted over his fu­ture.

Swansea City ap­pear to be lead­ing the chase for the tal­ented 19-year-old and re­ports claim the Premier League side are lin­ing up a £1.7m bid in Jan­uary.

Ex­eter boss Tis­dale, whose side are up into the play-off places after plung­ing Carlisle into the rel­e­ga­tion zone, is not shocked at the lat­est trans­fer ru­mours.

He said:“He has been de­ter­mined to score from open play and he was un­der­stand­ably de­lighted.

“It was a re­ally good goal and a good per­for­mance.

“There is in­ter­est in Matt, but is that a sur­prise? He needs to keep play­ing like he is do­ing at the mo­ment. He is a top class player and his fu­ture lies at the very top. At the mo­ment we are very pleased he is play­ing so well for Ex­eter.

“We are in good form and hope to stay in the top ten at the turn of the year. But we can’t get car­ried away.”

A su­perb cross from Craig Wood­man al­lowed David Wheeler to sneak in be­tween Carlisle’s two cen­tre halves and power a header straight at Dan Han­ford.

But it was Carlisle striker Mark Beck who wasted the clear­est chance in the first half, head­ing Kyle Dempsey’s cross waste­fully over the bar.

The hosts came close on the stroke of half-time but Christian Ribeiro’s goal-bound header was some­how nod­ded off the line by Danny Grainger.

Ex­eter fi­nally found a way through on 58 min­utes after Scot Ben­nett gath­ered Craig Wood­man’s pass be­fore prod­ding the ball past Dan Han­ford. And Grimes wrapped up the win in the 89th minute when he cut inside Troy ArchibaldHenville and steered a shot into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Carlisle boss Keith Curle said:“We came with a game plan. It was im­por­tant that we stuck to our jobs, be or­gan­ised and dis­ci­plined and ev­ery­thing was go­ing to plan at half-time.

“We knew they would have a lot of pos­ses­sion but they weren’t hurt­ing us.We were hop­ing to catch them on break and we had the bet­ter of the half chances in the first half. But we were al­ways wary of a lapse in con­cen­tra­tion and, from their first clear-cut chance, their lad stuck it away.

“There are things that we need to work on and I still think we are not us­ing the ball well enough.

“Paul Tis­dale has had nine years to put to­gether a foot­ball team here and that is the dif­fer­ence.”

STAR MAN MATT OAK­LEY

Ex­eter

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