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👊 Danny Collins On Grimsby Town's Momentum

Danny Collins emphasises the importance of momentum as Grimsby Town aim to make it five Sky Bet League Two wins on the bounce

22 February 2019

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Grimsby Town vice-captain Danny Collins says it’s important the Mariners keep their momentum going in Sky Bet League Two.

Town, who sit 12th-place in the league, are aiming to make it five EFL wins on the bounce for the first time since 1990 as they face Swindon Town at the County Ground on Saturday (3pm).

And centre-half Collins believes the Mariners could be in for an entertaining end to the season if they can maintain their consistency.

Speaking exclusively on iFollow Mariners, he said: “It’s massive. It’s good to keep the momentum going, and to keep going in the right direction.

“We’re up to 12th now and there’s still a long way to go – a lot of points to play for – but we’ve just got to keep chipping away.

“When we’re at it on a Saturday – when eight or nine of the boys are on top of their games then we’re more than a match, as we’ve proven this season, for any of the teams in the league.

“But it’s just been that consistency, which we’ve sort of found in the last few weeks, and we’ve just got to carry on with it now in these last 13 games.

“Two of the biggest things in football are consistency and momentum. If you’ve lost five games on the bounce, you’re coming into the training ground on a Monday morning and the place is flat, you’re wondering where your next win is coming from, and it can be a dull place to be.

“But, on the other hand – as we are at the minute – the place is up, we’ve had four wins on the bounce, there’s confidence in the boys, we’ve kept a few clean sheets, and we’re scoring goals.

“So we’re doing well in the right departments, and it just kicks you on, and we’ve got to push on.

“But we haven’t achieved anything yet – there’s a long way to go, and we’ve just got to keep plugging away.”

Town boss Michael Jolley brought Swedish duo Ludvig Öhman and Sebastian Ring to Blundell Park to strengthen his defensive options in January.

And former Wales international Collins praised the defenders for settling in to football, and life, in England so quickly.

He said: “I’ve got them both either side of me on the pitch, and they’ve both settled in quite well, and have adapted well.

“They came into the team a tough time, and they’ve done great for us. Ludvig’s in the middle of the three of us at the back, and in there to head balls and do the dogged stuff.

“Your job as a centre-half, firstly, is to go and head balls, especially in the lower leagues where there’s a lot of aerial duels and more balls in the box.

“So you have to deal with that side of the game, and he’s a good size, and he looks like he’s used to that size of the game.

“He’s putting his head in where it hurts, and he’s had a couple of stitches and his nose has gone already, so welcome to the lower leagues in England!

“And Seb’s finding his feet because the Swedish season runs different to ours, so he’s been thrown in at the deep end in terms of that.

“And the wing-back role is the position you have to cover the most distance in in a 3-5-2 formation, so he’s getting up to full speed now and he’s settling down.”

And 38-year-old Collins – who has been captain in Town’s last three games – has been relishing the role of skipper in recent weeks.

He said: “It’s always an honour to captain the team. It’s not just a case of pulling the armband on on a Saturday – there are different duties.

“You set examples around the training ground, you try and do things right around the place, and just lead and show the young boys what it’s all about.

“There’s no better feeling than pulling the shirt on and pulling the armband on at 3pm on a Saturday!”

Watch the full interview for free on iFollow Mariners.

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