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🎞️ Michael Jolley Pre-Port Vale Press Conference

Michael Jolley emphasises the importance of the squad game, ahead of Grimsby Town's Sky Bet League Two fixture with Port Vale

22 August 2019

Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley has emphasised the importance of the whole squad, ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Port Vale at Blundell Park (3pm).

The Mariners came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home to Colchester United on Tuesday, thanks to second-half goals from James Hanson and Matt Green.

Town look to get their first home league win of 2019-20 as they host John Askey’s Port Vale – who are still unbeaten – this weekend.

And boss Jolley has emphasised the importance of football being a squad game ahead of Saturday's clash with the Valiants.

Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “We can see the team is improving and building from where it was last season.

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“We’ve got more about us as an attacking unit – James Hanson and Matt Green have obviously added to that along with Moses and some of the other players who have come in.

“Hanson and Green are both experienced players and they definitely add to what we’ve got up there – Hanson is a handful for everybody, and Greeny works off him well.

“Moses Ogbu has done some good things too – he got us back in the game against Colchester United by winning the penalty, so all three of the forwards.

“But what was pleasing for me was that when we changed it with Max Wright, Charles Vernam, and Jordan Cook coming on – they all contributed.

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“Everybody’s doing their bit at the moment, and we just need to keep it going.

 “I think we’re in a stronger position, but ultimately we’ve now got to start putting points on the board and doing as well as we can in the league table.

“We’d like to smooth our form out. The group we’ve got this year is very resilient, as they’ve shown already.

“Perhaps Tuesday’s game is one in the past we might not have come back and taken a point from, but we’ve done that.

“We’re excited to see what this group can do – we’re in a good place mentally and physically, so it’s onwards and upwards from here.”

And Jolley praised John Askey and Port Vale for their energetic performances so far this season.

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He said: “They’re much-improved under John Askey – he’s done a fine job there.

“He steadied the ship and kept them up last season, and I think he’s made some good acquisitions in the summer to add to the players they already had.

“I’m not surprised they’re unbeaten – they had a really good winning against Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday.

“And I think they’ve got more energy in their team this year than perhaps they had previously, and I think they’re a good team.”

On-loan Newcastle United defender Liam Gibson will face a late fitness test ahead of the game, after missing Tuesday’s draw with Colchester United through illness.

Ahkeem Rose and Ludvig Öhman will miss the game, but should both be back available for selection next week.

Watch Michael Jolley’s pre-Port Vale press conference for free exclusively on iFollow Mariners.


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