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We Are Going Up! - Reaction From The Promotion Final

16 May 2016

TOWN fans and players alike are waking up this morning knowing that their club is officially in the Football League again after a six year absence – and boss Paul Hurst believes that his side deserve a tremendous amount of credit for this achievement.

Operation Promotion was completed as one of the biggest days in the club's history saw the Mariners beat Forest Green Rovers 3-1 in the National League Promotion Final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon thanks to a first half brace from Omar Bogle and a late goal from Nathan Arnold after Keanu-Marsh Brown had given Rovers' a lifeline just after the break.

Speaking after the game, which followed three years of heartache in the play-offs previously, the promotion winning manager said that it was hard to take in what the side had accomplished.

He said: ''I know its happened but probably not, I know I''ll come across as boring but I'm relaxed and feel quite calm.

''It's a fantastic achievement, I don't wanna take anything away from the support we get and various people but the biggest thing for me me is the players.

''They're the ones that it's about, it's been a hard season for them and they've produced when it matters.

''I said if we got to Wembley then I thought we'd win internally - I said to one or two outsiders that if we were on the Wembley pitch then it will take a good team to beat us.

Hurst made a big point in his post-match interview of proving a lot of people wrong with the victory, and said that promotion was the only way to silence the critics.


'''We're now in a scenario where we've won promotion which is fantastic - everyone wants a piece here and everyone wants to be involved in the celebrations.

''But there are some people - and they'll know who they are – that have at times been out of order.

''You have to try and take it with a pinch of salt, maybe I should thank them because we've used it as motivation in the group to prove people wrong.

''I wanna win, I like to think I'm a winner and they can't have throw that at me any more.

''This will rightfully go down in the club's history, despite the club being a lot higher and without getting too far ahead of myself, we wanna make sure we're a football league club for a long time to come and see if we can move it even further forward if possible.

''Ultimately, when you're playing for Grimsby Town, particularly when you were in the league we were in – and I can say that now - there's an element of pressure every time you step onto the pitch and an expectation.

'But now I'm a Football League manager, they're football league players if they're here and we can have a good night.

Hurst also said that despite all of the celebrations, it will be the little things that he remembers from the day, and spoke about Shaun Pearson, who alongside goalkeeper James McKeown and skipper Craig Disley, has been with Town for the whole ride.

He said: ''Little things will stick with me from today, I kinda went to the family and let the players be together and obviously you get sort of puled backwards and forwards.

''But Shaun Pearson came on for a minute at the end and he came over afterwards and just said how pleased he was for me..

''It's just little moments like that from good people and an absolutely fantastic lad that's found it hard because he's not been in the team much.

''But he epitomised everything I want in a player and the more I'm in this job, the more I talk about people and not just your footballing ability - you wanna work with good people- people that if they come off when it hasn't gone your way you can look them in the eye and shake their hands.

'''You've got to them a rollicking but you know they're there for you trying their best and that's what I'll always give in return.''

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