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Grimsby Town striker Jordan Cook has praised the Mariners’ character and resilience in last night’s 1-1 Sky Bet League Two draw with MK Dons at Stadium MK.
Cook gave Michael Jolley’s side the lead on 35 minutes with a powerful strike from close-range before Dons substitute Robbie Simpson equalised for Paul Tisdale’s side a minute into the second half.
But Cook praised Town’s style of play, and said the Mariners put in a solid defensive performance to get the point after Paul Dixon was sent off with eight minutes to go.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “It’s a massive positive yet again going down to 10 men and sticking in, and getting a decent away result. It’s a good away point at a decent side.
“It was tough, especially after going down to 10 men, but the lads showed massive character yet again to hold out.
“We’ve got Alex Whitmore in there blocking everything. He threw himself into a few and blocked a few. But credit to all the lads – they defended for their lives there, and got a good point in the end.
“I thought again we were probably the better team – first half especially. Second half it was a bit different – they got that early goal which sort of killed our momentum a tiny bit.
“But I still thought at times we played a lot better stuff. A lot of people are tipping these to go straight back up, and a lot of people are tipping Lincoln to go up, but we showed that we can pass the ball against physical teams.
“It can only get better, and we’re playing good stuff at the moment – everyone seems to be linking up quite well, even the lads on the bench are coming on and doing quite well, so for us it’s all positive.”
And Cook commended the side for sticking to their game plan despite conceding so early in the second half.
He said: “It’s just one of those things – maybe a little lapse in concentration possibly, but from our point of view we just needed to bounce back.
“And straight after, we didn’t panic, we didn’t go long, and we didn’t change our game plan.
“We stuck to the game plan – we tried to play our football, and we created a few little chances here and there.”
But Cook believes Town need to put away their chances when on top of the opposition.
He said: “We need to be a bit more clinical, myself as well – I think I should’ve scored another in the first half, but it was a good block on the line by one of their lads.
“It’s tough, but I love it – that’s where I want to play. That’s why the gaffer’s brought me in here – he’s brought me in to play that role and a number of roles, but he wants me as a striker.
“That’s why Grimsby Town for me was the place where I wanted to come as soon as he mentioned it, and started calling me.
“And he’s been a massive help even this early on in my career here so hopefully that can continue and I can keep scoring goals.
“We just need to learn to put teams to bed, but I think one game soon we will put a good few past a team because we create chances.”