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INTERVIEW: The frustration is completely understandable

Captain Danny Grainger on the draw at the weekend

19 September 2017

Team captain Danny Grainger spoke to us about the home draw against Barnet and about the need for the team to push on from here.

“It was important to get something on Saturday because obviously we weren’t at our best,” he said. “It’s a point in the right direction but we’re never going to get overjoyed by getting a draw at home.

“We always turn up for home games wanting to win them so, yes, it was a step in the right direction, but it’s still nowhere near where we want to be.”

Speaking about the frustration in the dressing room and on the terraces, he said: “It is tough when you're going through somethjing like this - but you have to get through it. We know that the way we like to play is a bit risky at times, but it also brings us results when we get it right.

We know that the way we like to play is a bit risky at times, but it also brings us results when we get it right ...

Danny Grainger

“If there are grumbles and a bit of frustration around it’s when you have to step up. Personally I thought Mike Jones did that for us and he was absolutely outstanding. We’re under a bit of pressure to perform so for him to come out and put in a performance like that, and take the risks he did to get us going, it was just fantastic.

“Things like that help us to build momentum and that carried on with the introduction of Nicky Adams and Richie Bennett. The goal at the end was what we deserved and I was delighted for Shaun Miller.”

“The frustration we’re all feeling at the moment is completely understandable,” he commented. “We finished in the play-offs last year and we all expect to go one better, so where we are now is nowhere near where any of us expected to be. It hasn’t been good enough so far, but we know we’ll bounce back and get on with it.

“A lot of the lads have been in situations like this before and that’s why we know we can deal with it. As the manager said last week, Exeter were bottom of the table at this same time last year so we all know there’s still a long way to go.

“Like I said earlier, the standards we set mean we won’t ever be over the moon about getting a point at home because ultimately we want to be winning games. There’s still over 100 points to play and we want to be up there battling for promotion come the end of it.”

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