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Grimsby Town boss Michael Jolley says he is looking forward to going head-to-head with Paul Tisdale when the Mariners travel to Stadium MK for tomorrow’s Sky Bet League Two clash with MK Dons (7.45pm).
Town face the Dons tomorrow – following last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Lincoln City in the Lincolnshire Derby – and Jolley was full of praise for Tisdale, whose side are still unbeaten in the 2018-19 season.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “We’re focused on trying to improve, trying to perform well, and focused on the next challenge which is a big one against MK Dons.
“They’re a really strong team with a fantastic manager who’s got a huge amount of experience and has been promoted out of this division before.
“And his teams are always in and around the top-six in this division so we know the challenge ahead of us is a huge one.
“For me to go head-to-head against somebody like Paul Tisdale is a real privilege for me because he’s a good role model for somebody like me.
“He’s achieved a lot of longevity in the game and he’s had really good success, and he’s somebody I really look up to, and respect greatly.”
And Jolley emphasised that it will take time for his side to get where he wants them to be, but said he’s seeing encouraging signs of progress.
He said: “We’re a work in progress. We had six weeks of pre-season – we worked on some different aspects in that period.
“We’re a team that’s coming together. It’s going to take some time to get the team to exactly where we want to get it.
“We’ve had three league matches. I don’t like to look back to last season, but we’ve lost one of the last eight league matches that we’ve played, which is not bad – particularly when we took over a team that hadn’t won in 20 matches.
“I think we’re doing okay, but we still need to improve and we’re aware of that. And that’s the plan – we need to keep working hard, and try and improve.
“But we think that over the longer-term we can improve and we can have a better season than last year.
“I don’t get too high when we lose and I don’t get too low when we lose. I try look at the process – are we improving, and are we progressing?”
And Jolley praised his current Mariners squad, after making 12 summer signings so far, but confirmed he’s still looking to make more additions in the window.
He said: “By the time the window closes we’ll have a squad of players that’s better than the squad of players that we started the window with.
”It’s a squad of players that can grow and develop over the next year or two because we’ve reduced the age profile of the squad, and we’ve got players who I think have got more improvement in them.
“So it’s my job sometimes to look beyond the immediate and the here-and-now. It’s my job to build something that can be successful, or improve and move us forward, over the medium to long-term. My job is to see the bigger picture.
“We’re still working to bring players in so that process just carries on, and let’s see if we’ve got something to announce this week.”
The gaffer confirmed defender Danny Collins will be out for a “number of weeks,” depending on how long the healing process takes, following breaking his arm in the Lincolnshire Derby on Saturday.
Andrew Fox, Harry Cardwell, and Reece Hall-Johnson also remain out, while Elliott Whitehouse is sidelined with a long-term knee injury.
And Jolley said new loan signing Luke Hendrie is in contention to feature in tomorrow’s MK Dons clash.
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