Town boss Michael gave his reaction to Wednesday’s defeat at Premier League side Chelsea.
Speaking on iFollow, he said: “The result does sting a little bit, you never want to get beat as a professional by that scoreline.
“But I think we’ve got to keep it in some context, we played against an absolutely top outfit tonight, and the quality of their players is unbelievable.
“I definitely think there were some positives to take from the game, we scored a goal we had a good period were we felt right in the game, but the longer the game went on, their physicality and the quality of their play swamped us a little bit.
“The boys gave it everything. It would have been easy for them to go under (after falling 2-0 behind) and come in at half-time with any kind of scoreline.
“Fair play to the boys, I think they got within five minutes of half-time at 2-1, so I felt that was a really strong performance.”
And the Town boss paid tribute to the 5000 travelling fans who sand their hearts out from start to finish.
He added: “Incredible. What a turnout from them. We’re just so, so grateful to them.
“To travel down all the way from Grimsby, taking days off work to be here, they gave us great energy and hopefully there was a period in the game where they really enjoyed it.
“Even towards the end with Macca making saves and being defiant, they were in good voice. Hopefully, they enjoyed the experience, and let’s hope we have more days like this.”
Listen to the full post-match interview from Stamford Bridge on iFollow Mariners.