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Pre Match Press Conference | Accrington Stanley

Grimsby Town manager Russell Slade hopes the Mariners can continue improving as they play three of their next four Sky Bet League Two games at Blundell Park, starting with Accrington Stanley tomorrow (3pm).

29 December 2017

iFollow subscribers can watch the full press conference (above).

Grimsby Town manager Russell Slade hopes the Mariners can continue improving as they play three of their next four Sky Bet League Two games at Blundell Park, starting with Accrington Stanley tomorrow (3pm).

Town travel to Crewe on New Year’s Day before hosting Morecambe and Newport County in the following two games, and Slade hopes the Mariners can push on towards the play-off positions.

Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “We’ve got a few games coming up that we can capitalise, and hopefully push on – it’s a very tight league.

“We’ve shown that we’re very competitive, we’re not too far away – we’re probably not there yet, but there’s a lot of football still to play – 22 games between now and the end of the season.

“We must continue to improve, that’s the important thing. We have improved, we’ve shown that even in these last three games that we’re not far away from the best in the league, but there’s more work to be done, and hopefully we can bridge that gap.”

But despite Town only suffering one defeat – which came at Luton last weekend – in their last six league games, the gaffer was keen to stress that there’s still work to be done.

“I’d like us to have been pressing a little bit more. We’ve had difficult fixtures – the last three games have been tough, we’ve been very competitive in all three of them, but we haven’t got the points that we perhaps would’ve liked or even deserved.”

Accrington – who are ninth-placed in the league – are on a run of four straight defeats, but Slade said John Coleman’s side will be at the right end of the table at the end of the season.

He said: “They know what they’re doing, he’s had a lot of that group together for a long time now, so they’re a good unit – they’ll come out of this little spell, and they’ll be in and around it.

“They’ve lost a little bit of form, which happens anyway, but they’re a good side. I like Billy Kee, I think he’s a good player.”

The gaffer also revealed that midfielder Chris Clements is set to return from his loan spell at National League side Barrow.

And with the January transfer window opening on Monday, Slade said he’s looking to make a couple of additions to his Mariners squad.

Slade also confirmed that goalkeeper James McKeown’s scan results will come back today, following the groin injury which he suffered in the 1-1 draw with Mansfield Town on Boxing Day.

He added that there has been a bug going around the camp, leaving physio Dave Moore and goalkeeper coach Andy Warrington off ill today, but said he’ll monitor the players further ahead of the weekend.


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