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Grant set to face his former club.

Byline: CHRIS ERRINGTON @chriserrington1

FORMER Plymouth Argyle striker Joel Grant is set to face his former club when Swindon Town visit Home Park tonight.

The 33-year-old made his first League One start for the Robins in their home game against high-flying Hull City and scored the winning goal in their 2-1 victory.

Grant was among the players released by Argyle manager Ryan Lowe after the Pilgrims' League Two promotion was confirmed in June.

However, Lowe has revealed how he played a part in Grant joining Swindon in September.

Grant's winning goal against Hull saw Swindon end a run of four successive league defeats.

Lowe said: "It was a great goal, he took it well. He found himself in a different position for where he has been playing and went through and scored.

"It was a great finish. He scored a couple of goals like that for us. He's a great lad, great character, I have got nothing but good things to say about him.

"Richie rang me over him actually, and I had a nice text off Joel saying thanks for the reference.

"He was a fantastic lad for us. Joel can play anywhere across a front three or in a '10'. We don't play that so he was only limited to one position for me.

"We wish him all the best - as from about 10 o'clock tomorrow night."

Grant was signed for Argyle by Lowe's predecessor Derek Adams in the summer of 2017. He went on to make a total of 62 starts and 24 substitute appearances, and scored 15 goals, in three seasons.

Wellens could not attend Swindon's game against Hull as he was still self-isolating following a negative COVID-19 test.

Several members of his coaching staff, including assistant manager Noel Hunt, tested positive for the virus in the days after the 2-1 defeat at Northampton Town on October 20.

They only had to self-isolate for 10 days after regaining full health, in accordance with government guidelines. Wellens had to stay away for two weeks after mixing with his staff prior to their positive tests, so Hunt took charge against Hull.

Swindon were League Two champions last season but had been struggling for results until they beat Hull.

They are 20th in League One, with nine points from eight games, as they get ready to take on Argyle.

It was Swindon who were the last team to beat Argyle in a league game at Home Park, following their 2-1 triumph on New Year's Day.

There have been plenty of changes to their squad since then, but not to what Wellens expects from his team.

Lowe said: "They play a good brand of exciting football. They beat Hull on Saturday, which was a great result for them.

"We don't take Swindon, or anyone, lightly. We have got to make sure that we worry about us and do the right things."


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Author:CHRIS ERRINGTON @chriserrington1
Publication:The Plymouth Herald (Plymouth, England)
Date:Nov 3, 2020
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