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📺 Both Sides Had To Defend Well - Slade

See what the gaffer had to say after the 0-0 draw with Cambridge.

28 October 2017

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Match report for Grimsby Town vs Cambridge United on 28 Oct 17

28 October 2017

BOSS Russell Slade believes that both sides had to do their fair share of defending in the 0-0 draw with Cambridge United on Saturday afternoon, with the blustery conditions playing a part in proceedings.

Speaking after the game, he said: ''I thought we started really well and had a couple opportunites and were a bit unlucky not to get in front in those first 20 minutes with obviously the one that came back off the post but we were creating.

''That was the important thing today and the blustery conditions played a part for both teams today.

''I thought there would be goals, there looked like there would be goals but both teams had to defend and were stretched at times and had to be resolute.

''Anything could happen from a corner because the ball was swirling in the penalty box so fair play defensively to both teams.

''It did seem fairly open, we did manage to find some space to manuever forwarrd and I thought we looked the better side in the first period for sure.

''We had to defend a bit more stoutely second period but still had a few opportuniuties. Our final at ball could've probably been a bit better but unfortunately we weren't able to get that goal.

''But we are looking strong and resolute, we're trying to play in the right manner. There were difficult conditions both teams but apart from that it wasn't a bad game.

On the club's home form

''It's frustrating that we've not turned results into wins at home.

''If it had been the other way around and we'd picked up the wins at home and drawn away then people would've probably been a bit more positive about the outcome.

''It's promising that we haven't lost because if you can't win then don't lose.

''Nobody sets out to draw and we couldn't draw a game in our first 10 or 12 games but it is what is we move forward onto the next one away from the league programme.

''It's a long trip but we look forward to it.''

On the substitutions today

''They were to change the dynamics to see what we can do to conjure up a goal.

''DJ's been training ever so well and played well in the reserves and got a goal against Bradford and he's a good impact player. 

''It didn't quite happen for him today but I thought JJ came on and got hold of the ball quite well.

''Sometimes you've got to make changes to try and win the game. It's easy to criticise when someone does make a change but it's about the squad and sometimes we've got to make changes.''

On Craig Disley's benefit game this Tuesday night

''We'll use it to get players on the pitch as well.

''Hopefully Jamey Osborne will hopefully get some time on the pitch, some fans haven't seen him in a while and McAllister will hopefully get some game time in that particular testimonial.

''It'll be great to see Dis as well and hopefully the fans come out in their numbers and support it.''   

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