BOBBY GRANT says a team-mate can take Wrexham's next penalty but the striker won't "shy away" if he is asked to continue spot-kick duties.

Grant missed his second successive penalty in Tuesday's 1-1 home draw against Harrogate Town as he blasted his effort from 12 yards over the crossbar.

Having seen his last spot-kick saved in the stalemate with Sutton United last month, leading scorer Grant says it is somebody else's turn to step up to the plate, although he won't shirk responsibility.

"The penalty has got to go in," said Grant. "It is black and white, you have got to score.

"I went for power and unfortunately it has missed.

"Bigger and better players have missed penalties, that is part of football.

"I am not going to hide away from it. If the manager wants me to take the next one, I will take it, but someone else will have to step up and take the penalties.

"If I am asked to take another one, I am not going to shy away; I will take another one and do my best to score but it was unfortunate it never went in.

"I take full responsibility for not putting it in the net but I am not going to say sorry for missing a penalty because I never meant to miss it.

"But I have got to score them. I set my own standards and I have never missed two on the spin in my career but there is a first for everything."

Grant was paired in attack with Jason Oswell in a new look formation for Dean Keates' first game since returning as Wrexham manager for a second term.

The duo combined to give Keates a dream start as Oswell's cross was turned home by Grant in the sixth minute.

It was Grant's sixth goal of the season but after missing his penalty, Harrogate scored a late equaliser to secure a share of the spoils.

Grant admits it could have been a different story if he was successful from the spot.

"I thought we did well," said Grant. "The manager put me down the middle and I got the goal in the first 10 minutes.

"It takes me to six for the season but it needs to start going in the back of the net more to get us some wins.

"I scored a goal, should have scored a penalty and 2-0, we go on and score more goals.

"That gave them a bit of confidence and unfortunately for us, they got the goal.

"We move on, we won't dwell on it."

Keates was announced as manager on Sunday and only took one training session before the clash with Harrogate.

It is still early days but Grant says Keates' arrival has already made a difference at The Racecourse.

"A new manager has come in, there was a massive lift around the building on Monday and we are really looking forward to working with him," added Grant.

"He sets high standards and we will definitely turn this around.

"You could see the positives in Tuesday's performance and the win is just around the corner."