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Ainsworth hails 'special player' Grant

2 December 2012

Wycombe player-manager Gareth Ainsworth believes he has a special talent in Joel Grant after the winger starred in the 2-0 victory over Bristol Rovers.

Ainsworth brought himself on at half-time and wrapped up all three points for the home side with a superb diving header, stretching Wycombe's winning run to three games in the process.

But that was not before Grant had put Wycombe into an early lead with a fine run and finish, further adding to his burgeoning reputation at Adams Park.

"I thought it was a great goal from Joel Grant and he is a special player," Ainsworth said. "He has always been known as the boy with so much potential and I want to be the manager who gets that potential out of him and makes him the Joel Grant that no one's been able to get from him.

"I think I'm halfway there, he's been fantastic. I can coach him positioning wise but what you've seen from him going forward today you can't coach.

"He's unplayable, Joel is a match winner on his own but unfortunately he got a knock here and he had double vision. We might have to rest him for Tuesday as you have to with head injuries but we will see."

The two teams met again at Adams Park after their first meeting on August 25 was called off due to heavy rain with Bristol Rovers 3-1 up. But the visitors were always up against it this time around as Grant put the home side ahead after 11 minutes, running at the Rovers defence and firing past Sam Walker from the edge of the area.

Ainsworth doubled his side's advantage in the 55th minute with a diving header before Rovers' defeat was compounded with Matt Lund being sent off in injury time for a frustrated lunge.

"I know the supporters were saying that was embarrassing but I wouldn't go that far," Bristol Rovers manager Mark McGhee said. "I came here with no doubt as to what the result would be. I was very, very optimistic.

"But it misfired and misfired apart from the first 10 minutes of the second half when we should have scored but didn't and they broke away and got the goal on the counter attack."

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