Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley has been speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Notts County at Blundell Park (3pm).
Watch the full pre-Notts County press conference on iFollow Mariners for free above.
Town boss Jolley said his side will have to be at their best if they’re to beat Kevin Nolan’s side – and secure League Two safety – at the weekend.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “Notts County are a strong team – they’re coming into this game on really good form, so I think it will be a competitive game.
“We’re going to have to be at our best to beat Notts County – I must pay tribute to Kevin Nolan and his staff because I think they’ve done an excellent job.
“Two teams that need to go and win the game for different reasons, so we’re really focused on doing the things that we’ve been doing well, and trying to add more to the level of our performance.
“It’s going to be a difficult one, and we need to do our work well this week, and give ourselves a chance on Saturday.
“We want to improve the level of our performance because that’s the route, I believe, to getting more points – we’ve made some progress with that but there’s clearly more work to do.
“There’s still some important work for us to do. We’d like to take care of our own business, in respect of we now know that a win in either of our last two games, or better, will be enough for us, so let’s stay focused on that.”
Jolley also confirmed that Ahkeem Rose’s work permit hearing was successful.
He said: “The hearing went well and was successful so I think we’re now into a period where the documentation is being processed and, hopefully, that’s moving forward.
“He’s an excellent young man to have around the building – he’s a good lad, and we’re looking forward to having him with us as a player we can use.
“I’m delighted. Obviously I’ve not seen much of Ahkeem play in matches, but certainly in terms of his training he’s impressed me.
“And we’re hopeful that Ahkeem’s going to play some football before the end of the season.”
Siriki Dembele suffered an ankle knock in the reserves’ 3-0 win over Rotherham United on Tuesday, but Jolley hopes the forward will be available for Saturday’s clash with Notts County.
Mallik Wilks has done some training with parent club Leeds United this week, and could return for the Mariners’ final game of the season at Forest Green Rovers a week on Saturday.
Scott Vernon could still be sidelined for another week with injury.