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Despite the defeat at Glanford Park on Tuesday night, Town boss Russell Slade took plenty of positives from the game.

4 October 2017

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Match report for Scunthorpe United vs Grimsby Town on 03 Oct 17

3 October 2017

Despite the defeat at Glanford Park on Tuesday night, Town boss Russell Slade took plenty of positives from the game.

He said: "I thought it was a decent game to be honest, I thought we had the better of the first half. I just felt we ran out of legs a little bit which was inevitable as we had made so many changes and had some young players in there as well. But we kept going and Dembele probably could have nicked it around the keeper to get at least a draw and into penalties, but overall I thought there was some really pleasing performances and passages of play through the game.

He continued: "We did deserve the lead; it was a really well taken goal, a really good move. We threatened to do that a few times already during the game so we were pleased.

"The good thing is minutes on the pitch, we've been able to get Zak some really important minutes on the pitch, and Harry Clifton has got another 90 minutes under his belt, as has DJ which is important to us. Karleigh has got another 90 minutes and Ben in goal, all these players need to be ready so when they get the opportunity to come into the side, whether that's Saturday or whether it's the following Saturday or Tuesday, they're ready or as up to speed as they possibly can be.

"You can't replicate actually playing in competitive games like that with all the training in the world and even reserve team games."

Will DJ’s goal do him the world of good?

"Yes, it was a really well taken goal. We certainly deserved it at that time," said Slade.

How did Harry Clifton Do?

"I thought in patches he did some really good work, really industrious. He needs to learn, he was part of the equaliser for them, he got himself in a corner over here and he's given the ball away when we could have kept it and when he's out over here, they've gone through the middle and scored. But that's part of his learning as well but like I said, I’m disappointed with the result but not disappointed with some of the performances and the fact that I know that people like Harry will learn."

On Sam Kelly who played on the left side of a defensive three. 

Slade said: "He did some really good things. In the second half he was bombing forward from that left back position and putting in some really good crosses. I was pleased for him, he likes to get forward, he's got a great left foot but he just needs to show some composure a little more often than he did at times, but we were unlucky not to get on the end of some of those things. He has played in that position (left back); I’ve not played him there though.

Will 3 at the back be considered for the weekend?

"What me and Wilko think is that it's good for them so we are able to adjust if we need to at any stage of a game. We had planned to go and start at 3 at the back at least, play 45 minutes of it and see how it went and we are reasonably pleased with what we saw."

Can you turn to 3 at the back if required?

"Unless you try it, it's a bit like marmite 3 at the back, "Slade said. "It either suits you and you get on with it really well or sometimes teams play it and it's a waste of time, it looks horrible. Against a strong Scunthorpe side I thought we looked okay.

Changes for Saturday?

The Town boss concluded: "There will be changes yes, of course I’m going to change it round, how much we change it around we will have to wait and see but as I say, if you believe in your group as I do then they have to get minutes under their belt when they get the opportunity and there has been one of those tonight."

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