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Michael Jolley addresses the press ahead of Saturday's trip to The Moss Rose.

9 August 2018

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Michael Jolley addresses the press ahead of Saturday's trip to The Moss Rose. Listen to what he had to say on iFollow for free (above).

Grimsby Town boss Michael Jolley says the Mariners must improve “significantly” ahead of their Sky Bet League Two clash with Macclesfield Town at The Moss Rose on Saturday (3pm).

Town face the Silkmen in their first away game of the season, and Jolley expects a much-improved performance following his side’s opening-day 4-1 defeat to Forest Green Rovers last weekend.

Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “The thing we’re looking at this week is ourselves because we need to do much better this week than what we did last week.

“Last week we gave some poor goals away and we need to do better with that, and we need to try score more than the one we scored last week.

“We’ve got to do much better defensively and offensively, and that’s been our focus this week – we’re trying to improve our attacking play, our defending play, and our team play.

“We’re trying to improve all-round, and we’ve worked hard this week to try do that, so let’s see what happens on Saturday.

“We go through the same process after every game, which is to watch the game back, to analyse it, and reflect on it and see how we can improve.

“And clearly we want to improve significantly from the level we produced in that game, so that’s our job for this Saturday – to deliver a much better performance than we did last week.”

And Jolley expects a tough test this weekend, as National League champions host their first home game in the EFL after a six-year absence.

He said: “It’s their first match at The Moss Rose back in the EFL so I’m sure they’re going to be up for the game, and it’s important that we stand up to the challenge that faces us.

“And I think they were unlucky to come away with nothing from the game at Swindon – I think they performed well, especially in the second half, and scored two goals away from home.

“Macclesfield have done really well – they obviously had a very successful season last year, albeit under a different manager.

“But Mark (Yates) has gone in there and I think they’ve had a good pre-season – they’ve made some good signings.”

Jolley said he’s still working hard to bring players to Blundell Park but acknowledged they may have to be loans or free agents, with the deadline for permanent transfers being today (5pm).

“It’s possible something may happen, but it’s also possible something may not happen, and if that’s the case then that would close the door on permanent transfers for this window.

“And we can still loan players until the end of August, so the possibility to bring people in on loan still remains open, and there’s still the possibility to sign free agents beyond today as well.

“There’s nothing concrete to report – we’ve been working hard for a long period of time on a number of different areas.

“We’ve signed 10 players altogether during the course of the window so it’s not like we’ve done no business.”

And the gaffer said he expects a fully-fit squad for Saturday, with the exception of striker Harry Cardwell who has suffered another injury setback with a slight calf problem this week.

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