McGrandles: 'I'm really happy to help the team'

Conor McGrandles shakes hands with Alfie May

Conor McGrandles scored his first Charlton goal in the third minute of stoppage time to rescue a point for the Addicks against top-of-the-table Portsmouth.

The midfielder headed home Tayo Edun's deep cross from close range to the delight of a sold-out away end at Fratton Park.

“It was brilliant," he told CharltonTV. "I didn’t really see it go in and then after I knew there was time left on the clock, so I didn’t want to celebrate too much because the game wasn’t over. I was trying to keep it calm and not over celebrate. It was good for the fans to have that moment, really good.

“It’s a brilliant ball from Tayo - he’s managed to put it right on my head. I thought Alfie was going to head it and I gave him a wee shout and fair play to him because some strikers might be selfish and try and head that themselves, but he’s ducked out and given me the best opportunity. I just tried focusing on hitting the target. I didn’t even see it go in, I just heard all the fans go mad!”

McGrandles was delighted to mark his return to the league squad with a goal following a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

“I’m really, really happy to be able to help the team,” said the Scot. “It’s been frustrating for me whether it’s been loss of form or injuries which has held be back. To get on the pitch on Sunday and get a good amount of minutes and then for the manager to put me on was good. I’m just so happy to be fit and playing again.

“The loan I went on last year [to Cambridge United] was really good because it gave me my confidence back in terms of believing in myself. Having a manager again this season who has worked with me and I have done well for - it’s just like a fresh start for me to hopefully get in the team and help them.

"That one goal hasn’t made things all rosy; there's still plenty of stuff for me to do to be able to get in the team, because there are some really good players in the team. I just need to train hard every day, which I do and then hopefully when I get me chances I can take them.”

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