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Slade Disappointed With Just A Point

Listen to what Russell Slade made of the 1-1 draw.

26 December 2017

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Match Report: Grimsby Town 1-1 Mansfield Town

26 December 2017

Town boss Russell Slade was disappointed to see his side only come away with a point after being ahead for most of the game.

Speaking at the post match press conference, he said: "I thought it was two points dropped to be honest.

"I thought that we were pretty much in control. Their best spell came in the last 10 minutes after they had got themselves back in the game.  The game should have been put to bed, one way or another. 

"We had very good opportunities, Mitch came very close to getting a second, huge penalty shout - he's just pushed him (Mitch) over in the box. That's where we need to be rutheless, in tight games.

"From my point of view it is two points dropped and they will be the happier camp."

James McKeown, who limped off on 33 minutes with a suspected groin strain, is set to have a scan in the next couple of days.

On the period after the first goal

''You always want to back it up when you get a goal and reinforce your control but I thought we were in control despite not being at our best in that first period.

''Second period, I thought there were some good pieces of football and the one leading up to Rose's in particular was good and there were other opporunities that were cleared of the line too, one by our own player.

''But we have to move on and as you know, games come thick and fast now and it's another three or four days before we go to work again.''

On his substitutions

''You've got to make subs when the games are coming thick and fast.

''At one stage it looked like everyone was trying their best toget my big front man sent off and you know, I wasn't gonna allow that to happen.

''You have to trust the group if you want them to make an inmpact and contribution and we probably didn't quite get that today when so often we have this season.

''Then unfortunately we lost our keeper so that was enforced on us aswell so there was a couple that were enforced a little bit but we are changing strikers in an effort to change the dynamics of the game and to win a game of football.''

On Macca's injury

''His groin is what I think appears be the problem but Dave Moore will have a look at that and will see where we go but I don't think it looked too clever.

''It's probably likely that he'll miss Saturday but we'll have to see.

You just go game by game and he (Ben Killip) has worked hard in training and had a couple of Checkatrade games too so taking those opportunities when they come is what it's all about. ''

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