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Grecians' manager sees potential in new defensive signing Anderson

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 08, 2013

Myles Anderson (left) in action for Aldershot Town against Exeter City in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie earlier this season picture: Gary Day/Pinnacle

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Exeter City have signed defender Myles Anderson following his release by npower Championship side Blackburn Rovers.

The 22-year-old failed to make an appearance at Ewood Park and his signing in 2011 caused great controversy at the time, with Rovers' manager at the time, Steve Kean, having to defend the acquisition of an agent's son.

Anderson's father, Jerome, played an advisory role in Venky's takeover of the Lancashire club in 2010, and was said to maintain close links with the club during Kean's ill-fated time in charge.

Anderson signed for the Ewood Park side on a pre-contract agreement in March 2011 and, at the time, Kean strenuously denied the claim that he was joining the club because of his father. Kean stated that Anderson's late development in the game was due to him finishing his education.

Prior to joining Rovers, Anderson made one substitute appearance for Aberdeen, who he joined after leaving Leyton Orient, for whom he did not play a first-team game. Earlier this season, Anderson played seven games in a loan spell for Aldershot Town.

He featured for the Shots in the Grecians' 2-1 npower League Two win at the Recreation Ground and in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at St James' Park, which the Shots won on penalties.

City manager Paul Tisdale said: "We've seen Myles play and there's a lot of potential there, so we are excited about the possibility of seeing his development with us. We're looking at this with a view to a player that can break through into the first team. We're excited by his potential as we've identified him as a talented and bright young individual."

Anderson's new team-mate, City midfielder Jimmy Keohane, has said he was happier with three points rather than his maiden goal in professional football in the win at York City last Saturday.

Keohane struck the decisive second goal in Exeter's 2-1 victory, which lifted them up to fifth place in the League Two table. It also sealed a fifth straight away win for the Grecians, the first time that has happened since 1977.

"I was delighted to get my first professional goal, and to get the win as well was all the sweeter," Keohane said. "Now I have my first goal, I would like to get a few more before the end of the season, and hopefully we can push on towards the top of League Two."

Keohane has found himself in City's starting XI as a result of the ankle injury Liam Sercombe sustained against Barnet, which is likely to see him miss the rest of the season. It was an unfortunate break for the 21-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, but one man's misfortune is another man's opportunity.

"I just want to fill in because Sercs has been doing great. I just hope I can do well for the team," Keohane added.

"I have been pleased with how I have been doing in the last few games, and hopefully we can keep up our good form away from home and improve at home. Hopefully that will keep us at the top end of League Two, and we will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season."

City's nine wins away from home has equalled the club record in a season, which was achieved by Tisdale's class of 2009. The frustration, though, is that home form is in complete contrast, with only three wins from 13 games played so far. Next up for the Grecians is a home clash with Southend United, who lie one place behind Exeter in sixth spot.

"We have to improve our home form at some stage. I think everyone is fed up of talking about it, to be honest, and we just want to go out there and out it right," the 21-year-old Irishman said.

"It's strange because our away form has been great all right. I don't know why our home form is like it is, but I think, if we get a win, or a couple of wins on the bounce, then it might all change and we will get our confidence back."

Keohane's goal at York was his first in 23 appearances for Exeter, although he has started only eight games.

On his maiden strike, the Kilkenny-born playmaker said: "I saw Kev [Amankwaah] go down the right wing and when he got the cross in, I saw Flynny [John O'Flynn] go to the near post.

"He just about missed it and I drifted in at the back stick as there was a lot of space there. I just concentrated on keeping the ball on target and thankfully it ended up going in.

"I didn't know what to do next as it was my first goal! But I will have to think of one [a celebration]! I was just delighted to get my first goal.

"Flynny has been good to me all right. He has been giving me advice on the position and staying up around the top. Hopefully we can keep that good relationship going."

Exeter City Ladies' FA Cup dream is over after they were beaten 3-2 by Swindon Town at Coach Road, Newton Abbot.

Tash Knapman scored both of Exeter's goals, with Abby Picton netting a hat-trick for the Robins before being sent off late on.

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