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Press Conference | Pre Newport

Grimsby Town boss Russell Slade says it’s important for the Mariners to continue their good form at Newport County on Saturday.

21 September 2017

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Grimsby Town boss Russell Slade says it’s important for the Mariners to continue their good form at Newport County on Saturday.

Town have won three of their last four Sky Bet League Two fixtures, and manager Slade is hoping for another positive result against Michael Flynn’s ninth-placed Exiles this weekend.

Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “We set ourselves up for back-to-back wins for the first time in a good while, and now we need to go and back that up and get some points.

“It’s important we go and our mind-set is that we do get something at Newport because we go again on Tuesday, so it’s Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday again, so three games in quick succession and we need to be picking up points again.

“A tricky game, a strong side at home. Under the new manager there, they seem to have made progress and improved.

“He’s got a good team around him, he’s got the experience of Lennie Lawrence around him, he’s got Wayne Hatswell as well, he’s got good people around him, and they look like they’ve recruited well.

“They don’t look like they’re going to suffer the problems that they’ve had in previous years, where it’s been a bit of a fight for them.

“It’s going to be a difficult game for us, but it’s one that we need to stay in – a game we need to manage again and get some points from.”

And the Town gaffer added that his men still have room for improvement.

“Pretty much everywhere. Certainly both boxes remain something we need to be mindful of – we need to defend well at all times, protect the goal, and when we go forward we need to be ruthless.

“We can’t let teams off. I felt that we let Yeovil off in the first 20 minutes on Saturday, I think that we could’ve been quite easily 2-0 up minimum, and when we have had periods of play we have to punish teams.

“I need them all contributing – not just one striker, I’m not going to rely on one striker – it’s got to be all four of them.”

But when asked if he made a move to sign now-Newport County striker Padraig Amond in the summer, Slade said the forward wasn’t on his shortlist.

“No, he wasn’t on my list – my list was long enough, for sure, but he wasn’t on it.

“Probably not the type I was looking for. I’ve brought in Jamille Matt, who’s more of a target-man, I’ve got [Scott] Vernon back and playing well again, I’ve got JJ Hooper who can go down the sides, and Harry Cardwell who’s got real pace, so I’m happy enough at the minute with my strikers.”

Zak Mills is set to miss the clash at Rodney Parade – where Newport are currently unbeaten this season – through injury, while Mitch Rose will undergo a late fitness test following training with the rest of the squad today.

The gaffer also revealed that striker Akwasi Asante is now training with the full squad, and that he may feature in a reserves game in the coming weeks.

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