Grimsby Town will look to return to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two when they travel to Broadfield Stadium to face Crawley Town on Saturday (3pm).
Town boss Russell Slade saw some encouraging signs from his side in their 1-1 draw with Cheltenham Town at Blundell Park last weekend, and he will be hoping the Mariners can kick on against Harry Kewell’s men on Saturday.
Five injury problems for Town
Siriki Dembele missed training on Thursday with a recurring back problem, and will be monitored by Dave Moore ahead of the weekend.
Danny Collins is out for two weeks following the head injury he suffered in the Cheltenham draw last weekend.
Ben Davies, and goalkeepers Jake Kean and James McKeown remain out for the clash with the Reds.
Reece Hall-Johnson will be hoping to keep his place in the side, following a successful Mariners debut as a substitute in the draw with the Robins last weekend.
Crawley chasing the play-offs
Following a tricky start to the campaign, the Reds have been in fine form in recent months, suffering just three defeats since mid-November, leaving them in 12th-place in League Two and six points outside the play-off spots.
Kewell’s men will be looking to make it four league wins on the bounce, following six wins from their last seven games – a run which has earned the Reds boss a nomination for League Two Manager of the Month award for January.
They completed a 2-1 comeback victory at Chesterfield last weekend, with a second-half equaliser from Charlton Athletic loanee Karlan Ahearne-Grant and a last-minute winner from Lewis Young.
Dutch winger Enzio Boldewijn’s fine form has earned him a nomination for the League Two Player of the Month award for January. He’s scored eight goals so far this season, with seven of them coming in his last eight games.
Captain, and midfielder, Jimmy Smith – who played under Town boss Slade at Leyton Orient – has scored six league goals for the Reds this term, including two in his last three appearances.
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Goalless draw last time out
It was a 0-0 draw when the two sides met at Blundell Park in October. The Mariners might have picked up all three points, but Sam Jones’ 58th-minute penalty trickled wide of the post.
It was a fairly evenly contested match, with Joe McNerney going close with two headers for the Reds in the first half, before goalkeeper Glenn Morris was forced to make a good stop to deny Jones’ left-footed strike in the second period.
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Russell Slade said: “They’re in good form at the minute so that will breed a lot of confidence within their football club. I saw them against Notts County – they were under pressure, got a goal and got themselves in front, Notts County equalised and looked like they were going to go on and win it, and Crawley got a late goal. We’re in a battle whatever. When you’re out of form, you’re in a battle, and you need to get over that battle and turn things around. And that’s what we’re trying to do, concentrate on ourselves – not what’s around us – to try and get better, and get those points.”