Jermaine Grandison grateful for his start at Coventry

With one stunning solo effort at Notts County 10 days ago, Jermaine Grandison demonstrated his eye for goal.

Jermaine Grandison lets fly
Jermaine Grandison lets fly

Such precision finishing from a full-back may have caught a few teams by surprise, but not Coventry City.

Grandison spent the thick end of a decade cutting his footballing teeth on the books of tonight’s visitors to the Greenhous Meadow, a club who were plying their trade in the Premier League as recently as 2001 but who have since fallen on hard financial times.

But it was as a potent frontman that Grandison first caught the attention of the Sky Blues coaching staff.

“I was nine when I first went to Coventry and they saw me playing local football in Birmingham as a striker,” he said.

“I played up front until I was about 16 and my scoring record was good when I was younger.”

Gradually Grandison spent more and more time at the other end of the pitch, the emphasis being placed on keeping out the goals rather than scoring them.

The likelihood of a move away from the club where he spent his childhood increased after the appointment of Aidy Boothroyd as manager.

A loan spell at Tranmere was followed by a temporary switch to the Greenhous Meadow which was made permanent last summer.

But not before Grandison had worked under two managers with Premier League experience.

“Iain Dowie really liked the youth set-up,” revealed the 21-year-old.

“He got to know us, spoke to us and got us involved training with the first team.

“Chris Coleman gave me my debut and it was going really well (for me) when he went.

“It’s the club I started out at so I have nothing against them.

“Me coming here was a good move and it’s really kick-started my career so I’m happy with how it’s gone.

“There will be a few old faces to see tonight but I’m just looking to do my best and help the team try and get three points. I will just treat it as another game.”

And a big one at that with the Midlands derby given extra bite by Shrewsbury’s attempts to regain their early-season momentum.

Saturday’s lacklustre display in the record-ending 1-0 defeat to Scunthorpe was at odds with the easy-on-the-eye style Town approached the opening three weeks of the season. And the powerful defender is only too aware of the importance of producing an immediate response to a first home defeat in 34 games and 18 months.

“We were all disappointed with the result,” admitted Grandison.

“We didn’t play the best and we didn’t really create many opportunities.

“Chris (Weale) had a lot of saves to make and we didn’t really make a lot of chances.

“Going forward, they created a few good opportunities and had good movement off the ball. But that’s gone now. We just have to concentrate on tonight.

“It’s a massive game for us and we just have to be up for it and forget Saturday’s game.”

City are still under the guidance of caretaker boss Richard Shaw.