Grimsby Town boss Michael Jolley has praised the Mariners’ home form at Blundell Park.
Town made it four Sky Bet League Two home games unbeaten, all with clean sheets, as they beat Crawley Town 1-0 at Blundell Park, thanks to Ahkeem Rose’s first goal for the club.
And Jolley says his side are showing positive signs of progress, with just one home defeat – Tuesday’s 3-2 Checkatrade Trophy loss to Newcastle United U21s – in their last six games at Blundell Park in all competitions.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “Four clean sheets at home in Sky Bet League Two so I think that’s progress that we’re improving – certainly here at Blundell Park.
“It’s turned around a lot from the position where we lost four games earlier in the season here – we’re five games unbeaten here, bar the Checkatrade Trophy where we made 11 changes.
“It’s four clean sheets here at Blundell Park, so whilst you’re keeping clean sheets and picking points up at home, you can start to be positive about the future.”
And the Town boss said he was pleased to see his side get all three points in such a tight game.
He said: “I asked them to pass it better in the second half – we’ve got to find the right balance between trying to play behind teams, but also not being too wasteful in possession of the ball.
“We do want to pass the ball – I think we showed that against MK Dons last week – that’s really how we want to play, and we weren’t able to reach the same level today, but it’s another win for us.
“We’ve probably played much better than that and drawn or lost games – we weren’t particularly fluent, and weren’t great with the ball today.
“So we hold our hands up to that, but I think we’ve been involved in several games like that where it’s been really close and we’ve ended up on the wrong end.
“Games like Cambridge, Crewe, and some others so it’s really nice to come out on the other side of it today.”