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Grimes pleased by improving defensive resolve

14 February 2018

Defender Jamie Grimes admitted the Robins were left disappointed not to pick up points at Sincil Bank against Lincoln City - but believes a new stronger defensive resolve can ensure a strong end to the season.

Neal Ardley's stunning long range strike in injury time at the end of the first half settled the Sky Bet League Two encounter.

But the Robins defended well throughout in front of a partisan home crowd of just under 8,000 and with more cutting edge in front of goal could have claimed points.

"I thought our performance was good away from home and we defended well, but a goal like that is difficult to stop. It was an unbelievable strike," said Grimes.

"We felt we deserved a draw but we have lost to a goal like that so we have to focus on the positives.

"We created chances with Mo (Eisa) when he could have pulled it back and Sanmi (Odelusi) had a chance too. That is why we are disappointed that we haven't got a goal and a draw. But a moment of brilliance has won them the game. 

"This game has been a little bit like our season. We have had some good performances and not always got the results.

"I didn't think Lincoln were that much better than us, but they have come away with a 1-0 win.

"We have got to work on our game management, see games out and try to be harder to beat and pick up the scrappy points."

"I feel the last four or five games we have done well at the back," added Grimes. "I think Boyley (Will Boyle) has been playing really well, which is great to see, and me and Joe (Rodon) have been complimenting him.

"We have good communication and understanding. We've limited them to a few chances and we just needed to get one goal to get a draw.

"It is a tough place to come. I've played against Lincoln loads of times and I think my first year here they had 1,500 here. 

"It's brilliant to see a club like this growing. It's a real sleeping giant, and to play in front of 7,800 was great and it's the kind of atmopshere you want to play in front of as a player."

Reflecting on his first season in the Football League, Grimes vowed to keep learning from every game.

"I've had ups and downs," he admitted. "I've had tough days and had good days. But it is all a learning process, as the gaffer keeps telling me.

"It is my first season at this level and I am inexperienced at this level. I am hard on myself, but sometimes you have got to tell yourself to just not do it again and keep learning. That is what I am trying to do.

"At this level you have that little bit of quality - the strike today you don't really see in the National League.

"In that league it is always a battle. But in this league if the striker thinks you are winning the battle he won't get involved, he will run off your shoulder or touch and run in behind. You have to be mentally sharper."

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