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▶️Charles Vernam: My Confidence Is Really High

Charles Vernam is full of confidence ahead of Grimsby Town's Sky Bet League Two fixture with Forest Green Rovers at Blundell Park

1 February 2020

Grimsby Town forward Charles Vernam is full of confidence, ahead of today’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Forest Green Rovers at Blundell Park (3pm).

Ian Holloway’s men will look to build on Tuesday’s impressive 3-1 win over Stevenage, as they host Mark Cooper’s ninth-place side.

And Vernam, who scored the Mariners’ superb third goal in midweek, is brimming with confidence ahead of this afternoon's match.

He said: “It was a really special goal – one of my best as a professional, definitely – and it was just nice to round off a good result, and a positive week, with a good goal.

“Personally I’d probably say it’s the best goal I’ve scored – to pick it up where I did and take a few players on, it was really good.

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“Anthony Limbrick is trying to claim an assist! He said to me before that the defenders were backing off and that maybe I didn’t need to go past them, but drop my shoulder and take them on that way.

“So it was in my mind as I was running with the ball – I was thinking ‘Ant said that these guys are going to drop off,’ and they did.

“It’s about me as a player listening to the advice that I’m given, and that’s something I’ll always try and do.

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“But it wasn’t just me, it was about the movement ahead of me as well – a lot of our players made forward runs, which took players out of the equation.

“So as much as it it’s a goal I scored, it’s a goal that was helped by my teammates as well.”

The 23-year-old has praised the Town boss for giving him the freedom to express himself on the pitch.

He said: “It’s been great – it’s nice to have a bit of freedom given to me by the manager.

“He wants me to get on the ball and make things happen in the final third, and I really feel like I can do great things at this level if I’m given that opportunity.

“It’s nice when you see people talking about you in a positive way, and I’m hoping that I can keep my performances up so that that continues to happen.

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“My confidence is really high – I’ve scored a couple of goals in the last month, and I’ve got a couple of assists as well.

“Getting regular minutes is massive so I’m really happy with where I am at the minute.”

And Vernam hailed the Town fans' continued, excellent support.

He said: “It’s been great – the manager has brought a real sense of fresh air to the club.

“We’re seeing more fans turn up to games, and we’re putting on better performances.

“It’s something that we all notice – to see an extra 1,000 people at home games is incredible, and we’re hoping to put on performances that keep people coming back.

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“And I think that was work that was implemented already by Anthony and Ben Davies – they were trying to bring the group and the club together, and I think it’s really starting to have an impact.

“And if you look at the away followings as well – it’s crazy – it’s a massive credit to the fans, the club, and the manager for what he’s trying to create.”


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