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We'll Need To Find A New Level - Slade

Russell Slade says the Mariners will have to “find a new level” ahead of their Sky Bet League Two clash with Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on Saturday (3pm).

22 December 2017

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Grimsby Town boss Russell Slade says the Mariners will have to “find a new level” ahead of their Sky Bet League Two clash with Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on Saturday (3pm).

Town, who are unbeaten in four in the league, face the Hatters – who are currently the league leaders, having lost just once in their last 16 games – and Slade says it will be a huge test for his men.

Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “We probably need to find a new level to get to where Luton are, because they do it on a regular basis.

“It couldn’t be more difficult than Saturday – Luton away – they’re runaway leaders at this moment in time, and so they should be.

“They’re free-scoring, they’ve got a system that works for them with the diamond shape that they play, they break very quickly, support the front guys very quickly, and they create an awful lot of chances.

“They’ve put a big marker out, and they’re taking giant steps towards the next level now. But they’ve had time to do that – he’s had four windows to build a team.

“They came close last season, they’ve got a good manager, Nathan Jones, they’ve got a good budget, a good fan-base and they’re going to be the (top) level this season.

“And with the support, in terms of finances – that he’s got – they should be in and around it, and they’re going to be a difficult nut to crack.”

But the gaffer is confident that the Mariners can continue their good league form if they can discover their ruthless streak over Christmas.

“We’re capable of creating. What we’ve sometimes lacked is actually finishing them off, that little bit of a ruthless streak when we need it and if we can find that on Saturday when the chances come, then I think we’ll give them a good game.

“We have progressed and we need to progress again, and we’ve got so many difficult games coming up – Luton, Mansfield, Accrington Stanley, it’s an interesting time of the season – but it’s a period we’re all looking forward to.”

Slade also said that the Town supporters can help make a difference going into the second half of the season.

“Whilst we’re having a real go, let’s stay together and see if we can knuckle down and get a few more results over this Christmas period, so we go into the New Year in good shape.

“When the fans are vocal and behind us, like they were on Saturday, and we’re giving everything on the pitch as well, this club has got a real heartbeat, and that’s what we need to develop and move forward with.

“That togetherness, unity, on and off the field, between us, because we can’t achieve anything on our own. I can’t do it on my own, I can’t do it without my fans, I can’t do it without the players performing, I can’t do it without the staff – it’s a team thing.

“They’ve been magnificent away from home. When we’re all together, you can feel it, there’s a real heartbeat at the football club, and that’s important because it can take us places where we want to be.”

Slade also said that James Berrett has been in several training sessions following making the bench at Notts County last Saturday, and will travel with the squad this weekend.

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