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Michael Jolley Pre-Salford City Press Conference

Michael Jolley says he may make some changes to Grimsby Town's starting 11 ahead of Tuesday's clash with Salford City

16 September 2019

Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley says he may make a couple of changes to keep his side fresh in Tuesday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Salford City at Moor Lane (7.45pm).

The Mariners take on Graham Alexander’s men – who are currently 19th-place on eight points after eight matches – with the aim of recording their fourth league win of the season on Tuesday.

And Jolley has revealed he may make a couple of changes to the starting 11 which drew 2-2 with Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park to ensure he keeps his side fresh.

Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “We’ve got a lot of games so it’s definitely something that’s in our thoughts.

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“But also we want to retain the continuity of the selection.

“The team’s performances, by and large, have been solid and fairly consistent so we don’t want to make wholesale changes.

“But we’re also conscious that we need to keep our energy levels high.

“And a number of the players have played nearly all of the games.”

And Jolley said he’s been pleased with the mental resolve of his side, who have come from behind to pick up nine points in five league games so far this season.

He said: “We’ve done the analysis today. There were some aspects of the game that we definitely need to improve on.

“It’s important that we took something from the game, even in a game where we weren’t quite at our best.

“But we did bring something home so that’s definitely a positive. In the past, in that situation, we wouldn’t have been able to do that so it’s definitely progress for us.

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“Last year we were getting criticised because the second-half score-lines were much worse than the first-half score-lines.

“We were one of the best teams for first-half performance and one of the worst teams for second-half performances, and this year it’s changed around completely.

 “I think I’d probably rather it was this way around because it shows that we’re fit and mentally resilient.

“And we’re coming through towards the end of games, which is a good thing.

“But, of course, you’d much rather be winning 5-0 at half time if that was possible.”

Matt Green may be available for the game, following missing Saturday’s match through illness, and Ahkeem Rose is edging closer to full fitness.


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