Grimsby Town captain Nathan Clarke says it’s time for the Mariners players to “step up” to improve their current form in Sky Bet League Two.
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Town – who are 18th in the league – are winless in 12 games, and Clarke said the Mariners players are working tirelessly to turn it around, as they look to return to winning ways at Cambridge United on Saturday (3pm).
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “The lads are working desperately hard to try and turn this season around.
“We’ve been saying we want to bounce back, but it’s really time to step up now and have that fight and desire to go and win a game.
“Us as players, we need to give the fans something to cheer about and really get behind us. We haven’t done that in previous games, but they’ve still been there in their numbers, which has been fantastic.
“We need everybody. Everybody associated with Grimsby Town needs to pull together. We’ve all got to pull together and really fight for this win.
“We’ve really struggled after Christmas to get a run together so we’ll be going into Saturday’s game positive and on the front foot, looking to implement what we’ve been doing on the training pitch.
“Everybody’s fighting for their place – it’s really good to see. Training has been a little bit different in previous days.
“We came into pre-season with a really positive attitude and we need to keep that up.”
The 34-year-old defender said the Mariners need to tighten up at the back, and be more proactive in the final third – a target he believes Town are capable of achieving.
He said: “We’ve not been ruthless enough in both boxes – not just the attacking sense – defending we’ve got to be a lot more physical and stronger, and keep the ball out.
“But on the flip-side, we’ve got to be more positive and proactive in the attacking half.
“We can see that in training. As defenders, we don’t like coming up against the likes of Jamma (Jamille Matt), Siriki (Dembele), Mallik (Wilks), and Simeon (Jackson) who has got a fantastic eye for goal.
“So it’s just getting all those pieces into place. In training, everybody’s working desperately hard to improve their own game, as well as the team, so it’s positive.”