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Wilko - Let's Make Blundell Park A Fortress

Caretaker manager Paul Wilkinson hopes Grimsby Town can make Blundell Park a fortress in Sky Bet League Two, starting with Exeter City on Saturday (3pm).

23 February 2018

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23 February 2018

Caretaker manager Paul Wilkinson hopes Grimsby Town can make Blundell Park a fortress in Sky Bet League Two, starting with Exeter City on Saturday (3pm).

Wilkinson takes charge of his second game as the Mariners’ caretaker boss against the league’s seventh-placed side this weekend, and he hopes his side can be positive and on the front foot against Paul Tisdale’s men.

Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “If we’re going to win a game, we’ve got to win it by being positive, we’ve got to win it by believing we can win the game.

“We need to get on the front foot in games and see if we can give ourselves a foothold by trying to get the first goal.

“We need to try and make Blundell Park a fortress. We’ve got a lot of the teams coming that are in and around us over the next few weeks.

“I’m one for looking at teams, and who we’re playing, and making sure that we can play our game, and affect them.

“We need to be positive at home – we need to go and try and take the game to teams when we can, and I’m looking forward to pitting our wits against Exeter on Saturday.

“It’s a confidence thing. We have to keep going, we have to try and get the confidence up, we have to try and keep playing, because we’ve got to try and get that first goal.”

And Wilkinson called for the Town fans to turn up in their numbers to support the Mariners in their clash with the Grecians this weekend.

“The most important thing for me is that everybody gets behind us Saturday and we have a real good go, and see if we can get ourselves out of this run, and get ourselves back on track.

“If we can all come together, if we can all get behind the team and see if we can get ourselves a result, then things look better.

“Everybody wants to do well, everybody wants to try and get a result for the team, the crowd, and the town, and that’s my aim.

“All football clubs have scenarios at times throughout seasons, and results do tend to help situations,” he said.

And the caretaker boss said he has plans in place to get a result against Exeter on Saturday.

“I watched Exeter at Crewe on Tuesday so I’ve got plans in my head for the weekend.

“They’re a good team – they wouldn’t be where they are if they weren’t. They kept going for the whole 90 minutes against Crewe and nicked the result at the end of the game.

“But it could have gone either way. Crewe played really well in the first half-hour of the game, and then Exeter worked their way into it.

“It was a pretty even game, but they came out on top because they worked hard and they kept going.”

Siriki Dembele, Danny Collins, and Mitch Rose will all be available for Saturday’s match, but Ben Davies remains sidelined for another week.

Simeon Jackson will be out for three weeks, while Mallik Wilks could be unavailable for a month, as they both recover from hamstring injuries.

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