Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley insists the Mariners need to focus on themselves, ahead of Good Friday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Colchester United (3pm).
The Mariners travel to Colchester Community Stadium to face John McGreal’s men, who have lost five of their last six games, on Friday.
But Town boss Jolley hopes his side can focus on their own performance as they look to earn their first win in 10 games.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “They’re a good club at this level. They’re well-run – they’ve got a strong academy there which provides their first-team with some good players.
“And I think they’ve invested well – they’ve signed people like Luke Norris, Frank Nouble, and one or two others last summer, and I think that’s helped to deepen their squad.
“They’ve been a good team for most of the season so they’re five points off the play-offs, and they’ll be really keen to beat us.
“It was a closely-fought game when we played them earlier in the season. We obviously scored a good goal through Wes Thomas, and I think we delivered a good performance in that game.
“As in most games at this level, and at any level, the first goal is really important, and I think they had a couple of chances in the first half and Macca (James McKeown) made a couple of saves.
“But then we got our noses in front in the second half, and did well to see it through.
“So it was a good victory for us, but I think both teams are in a different place now so it will be a different game this time around.
“But it’s important for us to go down there and try and get a good result ourselves.”
Charles Vernam scored his fifth goal of the season in the 1-1 draw with Morecambe last weekend, as he started in two successive league games for the first time since December.
And Jolley said he hopes the 22-year-old can kick on in his second full season with Town in 2019-20.
He said: “Like a lot of young players, it’s never smooth in terms of they don’t always hit the heights in every game week in week out.
“But when Charles is good he’s very good, and it’s up to ourselves and him to try and reach that level of consistency that means he can really kick on, and become a really important part of the team – which is what I expect to happen.
“Charles has been in and out of the team, and his performances have been somewhat up and down, but when he’s been good he’s been really good.
“So, moving forward, next year is an important year for him and for us, and we would hope that he can reach that level of consistency that I know he wants to try and achieve himself.”
Jolley also said he hopes to give young forwards Ahkeem Rose and Vernam more chances to play before the end of the season, and that he hopes to get winger Max Wright involved when he returns from his loan at Boston United.
Ahkeem Rose has done some training this week and may make the 18-man match-day squad on Friday.
Jordan Cook may return for the Notts County game, and Ludvig Öhman could be in contention for the final-day fixture with Crewe Alexandra.
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