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📺 Pre Yeovil Press Conference

Russell Slade speaks to the press ahead of the visit of The Glovers on Saturday.

14 September 2017

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Grimsby Town boss Russell Slade says it’s important the Mariners make it two Sky Bet League Two wins on the bounce with a victory over Yeovil Town on Saturday (3pm).

The Mariners picked up a 2-1 away win at Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night, and Slade now wants his side to be more consistent ahead of this weekend’s clash with the 17th-placed Glovers at Blundell Park.

Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “Quite defining, really. It’s vital to go and do that, really, because the inconsistency is frustrating me to be honest.

“And that’s how it’s been – a topsy-turvy season – we’ve put in some good performances, like we did Tuesday where we were much better in both boxes.

“And we weren’t very clever in both boxes on the Saturday before that game [away at Mansfield Town].

“So that inconsistency it is a little bit of a concern but, by the same token, there’s lots of new partnerships in the side, it has been a process – a lot of new players coming in, some players coming in late as well.

“So for all that chemistry to gel does take a little bit of time and I don’t think I am a quick-fix manager. When I was last at the football club, it was a rebuilding job in that first season for me, and then we built on that and we were a massive force in that second season.

“I still think we can be a force – we’ve got the nucleus of a strong group together. Is it gelling how I want it to? Is it hitting those consistently high levels of performance at this moment in time? No, but there are positive signs in training, and I saw that on Tuesday night.

“I think it’s imperative that you’re strong at home. It has to be a difficult place to come so we want to make it that way, we want to make it unpleasant, and we want it to be a fortress.

“We haven’t achieved that yet, but there are lots of games to go, there’s momentum to be gained by what we’re doing, and hopefully we can get the result we want on Saturday, then all of a sudden we’ve won three in four.”

Mitch Rose is an injury concern for the game after being substituted off in the midweek win at the Wham Stadium, while Zak Mills will be out with a hamstring strain for between 10 and 14 days.

Watch the full interview with the gaffer for free on iFollow Mariners above.

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