Watch Russell Slade’s pre Derby press conference, and watch the footage of some of the incidents that left him feeling frustrated on Saturday.
Grimsby Town manager Russell Slade has called for goal-line technology to be introduced to Sky Bet League Two, following some controversy in the Mariners’ 3-1 defeat at Stevenage at the weekend.
Luke Summerfield appeared to have scored directly from a free-kick on the half-hour mark on Saturday before Boro keeper Joe Fryer clawed it back from behind the goal-line, and Slade thinks there should be further rules and regulations instilled by the EFL.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “I think goal-line technology for me has to come in at every level because we scored a perfectly good goal, through an error from the keeper, but as you’ve all seen it’s clearly over the line and it should’ve been awarded to us.
“And that would’ve meant that we would have gone 1-0 up in the game.
“So for me, goal-line technology shouldn’t be restricted to the top two levels – it should be all the way down – it’s that important because it’s game-changing.
“And there’s a couple of decisions there – the goal that was over the line, and obviously the penalty decision – that could have made life very different.
“We’d just had a penalty – a stonewall penalty decision, and you can see that with the footage very clearly that it was a handball and should’ve been awarded a penalty, and then we wouldn’t even be talking about the sending off at all.
“And on top of that, you’ve seen how Smith was a very lucky boy to be on the pitch so that’s not helped our cause.
“But we weren’t great first half. I said we were poor first half. We’ve worked very hard in the last 24 to 48 hours, we want a reaction quickly.
“We’ve certainly had that on the training ground, but that means nothing if we can’t put in a good performance Tuesday night, Saturday, and it’s not just about producing one performance – it’s a consistent amount of performances at a high level.
But the Town gaffer is confident that the Mariners can put on an improved performance at home to Championship side Derby County in the first round of the Carabao Cup tomorrow night (7.45pm).
“This is a good group, it’s a good group of people, and they’ve just got to learn from situations and it’s a group well capable of improving.
“And they’ve shown their appetite. They’ve not sulked, they’ve come in and they’ve rolled their sleeves up and said ‘Okay, it wasn’t as good as we wanted it to be, we’ll do something about it,’ and I’ve been pleased with the reaction.
“Your next game’s always the most important, and it has to be Derby and we’re chasing a good performance, and a level that we’re happy enough with.
“Reaction is the main thing to a setback. We all get knocked down in this game from time to time. It’s about how we get up and respond to it.
“The depth of their squad is terrific, and whatever team that comes tomorrow will be a difficult one to deal with, and they will cause us problems, but it’s about how we react tomorrow,” he said.
Slade won’t be appealing against Sam Jones’s red card, which he received in the Stevenage defeat, so the forward will miss the Mariners’ next three games.
Sean McAllister will miss the tie with a groin injury, while Chris Clements will also be out, and Scott Vernon is still sidelined.
“Scott’s been a miss because he’d done the whole pre-season and he knew what we were trying to do, and was executing it really well.
“But Scott might not be too far away on Saturday, so we’ll wait and see on that, but anyone who comes in, say tomorrow night, needs to perform.”
Slade added that reports of Town fans being mistreated at the Stevenage game are worrying.
“It is disappointing because we do take a good fan-base away from home, and they were there again and terrific in their numbers, and to be treated that way and some of the things are quite worrying.
“Things have to be much better than that, and respect works both ways.”
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