Jordan Cook has hailed Grimsby Town’s team spirit, ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn (3pm).
Michael Jolley’s side look to make it four games unbeaten in all competitions in 2019-20 as they face Mark Cooper’s men at the weekend.
And Cook, who scored in the 1-0 Carabao Cup round one win over Doncaster Rovers at Blundell Park on Tuesday, says the Mariners can utilise their team spirit and belief.
Speaking exclusively on iFollow Mariners, he said: “The approach is what we’ve been doing the past three games – working hard, getting the ball into the box, creating chances, running into the channels, and making it difficult for the other team.
“We know for a fact we’ve got quality in this team all over the pitch, and off the bench – people come on and affect the game.
“From the first day coming back in pre-season, even with the fitness tests we did, I thought to myself ‘Everyone looks really, really sharp, and really hungry.’
“It was one of the best standards of a yo-yo test I’ve seen, which is funny because no one really likes to do the running side of things.
“But this team really digs in – not just for themselves, but for each other.
“You can see people helping out each other on the pitch, and covering for each other.
“We all want to do as well as we possibly can – we know in this league we have to help each other.
“It can’t just be an individual thing, it’s got to be a team performance week in week out, and it’s just pushing on from that and getting results.
“So we’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing, and take each game as it comes, and hopefully keep improving each time.”
And the 29-year-old was pleased to score through a counter-attack, with Moses Ogbu’s assist, as Town reached Carabao Cup round two for the first time since 2008 midweek.
He said: “I’m over the moon to score anytime – that’s what I’m in the team for.
“We worked on counter-attacking quite a lot in pre-season, and at the end of last season as well.
“And a few of the goals we’ve scored, and the chances we’ve created, have been through counter-attacks and the pace that we’ve got.
“It was just one of those lucky breaks where I’ve read that the pass was a bit over-hit from their player.
“And I just nicked it off him and ran forward, and found Moses Ogbu by passing it out wide.
“Mo is one of those players who’s quite selfless – he looks for the pass back sometimes when he could quite possibly go for goal himself – it was just a great weighted pass by him.
“I just had to hit it first-time, it was perfectly in my stride, and as soon as I hit it I knew it was going in.
“So I was just over the moon to score my first goal of the season.”
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