Exeter City: Matt Grimes hopes for more goals from open play

Matt Grimes
Matt Grimes and Exeter team-mate Christy Pym have featured for England's Under-20 side this season

Exeter midfielder Matt Grimes says he wants to score more goals from open play, with all three in his senior career to date coming from free-kicks.

The 19-year-old's last goal for League Two side City came in their 2-1 win over Bury at the end of last month.

"I would like to get one from open play," Grimes, an England Under-20 international, told BBC Sport.

"I keep getting a little bit of stick from my mum and dad saying I need to get one from open play."

He continued: "Hopefully that will come. If I find myself in a position in open play then I'll have a strike.

"It's not something that plays on my mind. If I get a free-kick, then the aim is to score. I don't want to not score it because I want one from open play."

Since his last goal, Grimes and Exeter team-mate Christy Pym have played for England in their 1-0 win over Germany in a youth international tournament in the Netherlands.

It was their second call-up, having played against Romania last month.

"Obviously it was a great honour to be called up by my country and I really enjoyed my time away, probably more so than the first time," said Grimes, who came through Exeter's youth system.

"Playing against Germany was a great experience and I learnt a lot from it. It was completely different to anything I've ever played in before - they were technically very good.

"It's a massive confidence boost to know I'm one of the 23 who have been picked to go away."

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