Grimsby Town interim manager Anthony Limbrick was pleased with his side’s performance despite the 1-0 derby day defeat to Scunthorpe United at Blundell Park.
The Mariners dominated large parts of the game in Sky Bet League Two, and had chances with Matt Green, Luke Hendrie, Ahkeem Rose, as well as having a Moses Ogbu penalty appeal.
But Paul Hurst’s men took all three points thanks to Kevin van Veen’s 62nd-minute goal.
And boss Limbrick said he was pleased with Town’s performance, but hopes they can begin to put their chances away in upcoming games.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “It was a good performance. If you looked at every individual on that pitch today, they played really well and did the job that we wanted.
“We got on top of them in midfield, the front three were lively – I thought Charles Vernam, Max Wright, and Matt Green were all excellent.
“We defended well and limited them to very few chances.
“I thought we had an absolute stonewall penalty – I’ve watched it back and it is a penalty.
“We created enough chances to win the game again, and I could say that for a lot of our previous matches.
“I know that we need results and goals, but I’ve got to be happy with the performance apart from just the final touch which is the goals at the end of our play.”
Limbrick said his side didn’t stop pushing all game, and weren’t affected psychologically by the Iron’s second-half goal.
He said: “In the week we felt like if we got an early goal, and Matt Green had a great chance, then it might open up the floodgates for us.
“I felt that whoever scored first today, in a tight derby, might go on and win it.
“But once they scored I don’t think we gave up at all – we kept pushing and we still had chances there towards the end.”