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Grimsby Town boss Michael Jolley says there were positives to take from tonight’s performance despite the result at Blundell Park.
The Mariners lost 2-0 to Sky Bet League One side Rochdale and were ultimately eliminated in the first round of the Carabao Cup, but Jolley says he saw positives in his side’s display.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “Rochdale were the better team and deserved to win the game. They’re a good League One side, and they’re very good at what they do.
“We tried to disrupt the flow of the game and prevent them from getting into their rhythm, and I thought we did that well at times.
“But they kept the ball well and did well in possession. It’s a disappointing result but there are positives to take.
“Alex Whitmore was unfortunate with his header which hit the post. We always try to score first and we’ve done that in first two games before today.
“But we understand where we are, and where we are in comparison to Rochdale.”
And the gaffer praised youth team midfielder, and grandson of former Mariners boss Alan Buckley, Brandon Buckley for earning his place on the bench for tonight’s cup clash.
He said: “Buckley is a surname which is synonymous with Grimsby Town. I’m happy for him and he’s worked hard to get his squad number, but he knows that there is plenty of work for him to do.”
The Mariners return to Sky Bet League Two action this weekend as Jolley’s side welcome Lincoln City to Blundell Park on Saturday (1pm).