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Pre Match Press Conference | Morecambe

Town boss Russell Slade talks to the press ahead of the trip to the Globe Arena.

20 October 2017

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20 October 2017

Grimsby Town manager Russell Slade has called for his side to continue improving, ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Morecambe at the Globe Arena (3pm).

The Mariners are unbeaten in their last five league games, and currently sit in 11th place, but boss Slade still hopes to see more improvements when Town face Jim Bentley’s men this weekend.

Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “I’m still disappointed that we conceded two goals even in a really good victory on Tuesday night at Cheltenham Town, which is not an easy place to go.

“Sometimes our final ball or final quality lets us down when we get good possession in the final third, we can perhaps do a little bit better.

“We missed an opportunity on Saturday to get a win against Crawley Town when we missed a penalty, so there’s still things that we need to tidy up.

“And defensively, probably moments of lapses in concentration have cost us occasionally.

“We’ve picked up a little bit. Results are improving, for sure, that’s the important thing.

“I just think we’re beginning to gel a little bit more – partnerships are beginning to improve and blossom a little bit more.

“And that’s always going to be the case with a new team – it will take a little bit of time to get going but, like a train, once it gets going it soon goes in the right direction very quickly.

“I felt that we needed change because I thought it was going to be for the better long-term.

“We need to move forward again now we’ve established ourselves back in the Football League.

“And to do that you need fresh faces sometimes and those fresh faces – once they’ve come in and settled – you’d hope they can move you forward.”

And the gaffer revealed he’s pleased with the unity and team spirit among the Town squad so far this season.

“I’m seeing that more in the last few encounters like at Port Vale and Cheltenham where we certainly had to dig in in the last 10 minutes when they were throwing everybody, including the goalkeeper, forward to try and get an equaliser.

“The group is coming together off the field as well because togetherness and spirit are very important because you’ve got to trust the man next to you when you’re out on the pitch.

“And if you’re going to go that extra yard or that extra inch for your teammate then it matters at times and can be the difference.

“So I’m seeing a little bit of responsibility and a little bit of grit to get us over the line.

“I like to see us backs to the walls sometimes and coming through it because I just think it makes you stronger as a group, and you get used to those situations.”

And Slade is expecting a tough test when Town face the Shrimps – who are currently 21st in the league – on Saturday.

“There’s nobody more experienced than Jim Bentley in this league. He knows the league inside-out, he knows how to find results when he needs to, so I still think it’s an incredibly difficult place to go.

“He’s the Arsene Wenger of League Two, for sure.

“They’ve lost a key player (Kevin Ellison) recently who’s got a three-game ban and, fortunately for us, he’s still unavailable for the last game.

“They miss him – he’s a seasoned pro, he’s a leader, and very important to Jim (Bentley) and his team so they’ll miss him.

“And they’re probably not quite functioning like Jim would want them to at this moment in time.”

The gaffer also said that Paul Dixon (thigh) and Mitch Rose (ankle) will both have their injuries assessed tomorrow ahead of the clash with Morecambe.


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