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Grimsby Town boss Michael Jolley says his side need to use today’s result as motivation to become more ruthless and improve in Sky Bet League Two.
Town lost 4-1 to Forest Green Rovers at Blundell Park – despite Mitch Rose opening the scoring with a penalty in the first half – and Jolley says his side need to stick together despite the result.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “I didn’t like any aspect of our performance during the game – I think we were fortunate to go 1-0 up.
“Whether it was the occasion – all of the expectation that has been piled onto the players, or not, remains to be seen.
“We understand people are disappointed, none more so than ourselves, but what we have to do is draw together and use this to create a bit of a siege mentality because today is a disappointing day, but it is only the first game.
“It was important to see whether the players could deliver under pressure today and, unfortunately, we haven’t been able to do that, so we need to quickly reassess and see what the best plan is to go forward.
“Whether we get points on the board quickly or not quickly, we have to deliver the game-plan that we work on, and if we don’t do that we’ll give ourselves more difficulties like today.
“But if we can keep this in perspective and draw together and take strength from it then we can still do something important this season.”
And the Town boss thanked the 5,807 Mariners fans in attendance at Blundell Park for their support this afternoon.
He said: “I feel sorry for our fans today and we appreciate their support – I know that they came along to support us and give us good energy today, and we really appreciate that.
“We feel like we’ve let them down today and we’re really disappointed on their behalf, and we have to make sure we do a better job going forwards to give them something to support.”