Grimsby Town interim manager Anthony Limbrick has been previewing Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two derby with Scunthorpe United at Blundell Park (kick-off 1pm).
The Mariners face Paul Hurst’s side for the first time in league competition since 2005 this weekend.
And Limbrick has been addressing the media ahead of Saturday’s clash with the local rivals.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “We’re excited. We’ve been preparing during the week, and we can’t wait to get going.
“This game has been talked about for a long time so we’re definitely excited and ready to go for it.
“I’ve been told that this derby will go up a notch, compared to our matches with Lincoln City, with the atmosphere and the fans.
“I really remember the 1-1 draw with Lincoln last season, and the noise was probably the loudest I’ve heard at Blundell Park in my time here.
“So being here for a year and a half now gives me an understanding of what the fans feel about this derby, and what they’re like for this game, so we all certainly know the importance of it.”
Approach to the match
He said: “We know about the bragging rights for the fans. It’s a home game for us and we want to be at it and win any home game.
“But especially in this game I don’t think we need to tell these players what it’s about – they totally understand, and they’ll be ready to go.
“And we’ve got good experienced people in the group like James McKeown, Luke Waterfall, and Ben Davies in the coaching staff – they understand what these games mean.
“We haven’t done anything differently – we’ve prepared as normal.
“We’ve done bits on the opposition of course, but we focus on ourselves a lot too so we make sure we’re doing the right things.
“Hopefully we can push on from the good performance against Carlisle United and get the goals we need to reward the boys for their efforts.
“If we keep playing like we did against Northampton, Cheltenham, and Carlisle – keep passing the ball well and creating chances – we feel the goals will come.
“We need to be more ruthless in the final third – we hit the crossbar and the post, and had a couple of one-on-ones as well – so if we can take our chances then hopefully that will put us in good stead.”
He said: “They’re seven games unbeaten in the league – they’ve had a good run of form of late.
“They’ve found a system and a way of playing that works well for them – the two wide players, Abo Eisa and Alex Gilliead, are obviously decent for them.
“Kevin van Veen has come back in because he wasn’t playing at the start of the season – he plays off the front with Lee Novak, who’s a goalscorer.
“They’ve got threats in there, they’re quite solid, and they’ve got some good experience at the back and in midfield as well.
“So they’ve found a structure and a way of playing which suits them, and they’ve been very effective with that.”
Latest injury situation
Top goalscorer James Hanson has been ruled out of the game, and the Christmas period, with a calf injury.
Moses Ogbu and Jordan Cook have trained this week, after missing last Saturday’s game against Carlisle, and should be available this weekend.