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Michael Jolley expects "interesting" match between Swindon Town and Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League Two

21 February 2019

Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley expects an “interesting” match in Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Swindon Town at the County Ground (3pm).

The Mariners face Richie Wellens’ side, with the aim of making it five EFL wins on the bounce for the first time since 1990, this weekend.

And Town boss Jolley expects a good, attacking game of football against the 14th-placed Robins.

Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “They’re a good team. They’re probably one of the clubs in this division that would want to be looking up rather than down.

“They’re well-resourced, they’ve got some good players, and they’ve got a good manager who plays attractive football.

“When they came and played at Blundell Park I thought they were a good team, and perhaps they were a bit unfortunate not to take something from the game, so we know it’s going to be another tough game for us.

“They had a good January. They’ve got quite a settled way of playing – certainly a big threat on the counter-attack, and lots of place.

“The front three which played the last game was Kaiyne Woolery, Theo Robinson, and Keshi Anderson – a lot of mobility and pace.

“I know Woolery quite well, and he does pose a threat, so we’re very respectful of their players.

“They’ve got Michael Doughty, who’s a goalscoring midfield player, so they’ve got some really good players, but we think we’ve got some good players too.

“It’ll be an interesting game on Saturday – it’ll be two good teams who like to attack, and I think the supporters from both teams will enjoy the game.”

And Jolley said that this weekend’s starting XI is not a foregone conclusion, despite his men winning their last four league games.

He said: “We give a lot of thought to the team selection – we don’t just roll out a team because it’s done well and won games recently.

“We look at Swindon and their team, and the kind of threat they will pose to us.

“But it would be fair to say that the lads who have played the last couple of games have done well for us.

“It’s a balance – we want to retain the continuity and momentum that we’ve built up on this little run.

“But also be mindful that Forest Green played Swindon recently, and played in a similar way to how we’ve been playing recently, and Swindon beat them 2-0.

“So we look at all these kinds of things when we’re deciding what kind of team to pick.”

Club captain John Welsh will remain out for another week with a hamstring strain, while midfielder Elliott Whitehouse continues his ACL injury rehabilitation.


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