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▶️Ian Holloway Pre-Bradford City Press Conference

Ian Holloway insists Grimsby Town's focus is solely on themselves, ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League Two fixture with Bradford City

6 February 2020

Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway says the focus is on his side as they prepare for Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Bradford City at Valley Parade (3pm).

Stuart McCall is set to take charge of his first game, in his third stint, as Bantams boss against the Mariners this weekend.

But Holloway has insisted that Town are fully-focused on themselves, and their own progress.

He said: “The good news for me is that Stuart isn’t going to be able to play because he was a terrific player, and he’s retired now.

“We’ve got to go about our business, and we’ve got to now take them on with their new business.

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“He’s only had a few days to go in and try make a difference.

“I want to see us continue learning what we’ve been doing, and see if we can produce an even better performance than we did last weekend.

“Bradford are nothing to do with us. They’ve got to go about being Bradford, and we’ve got to go about being Grimsby Town – and let’s see who can come out the best.

“It’s an occupational hazard if you used to play for a team. I used to like to go back and try and do well against them, but hopefully my lads will naturally do that.

“It’s all about us trying to impose our game on theirs, and see what happens.”

And Holloway welcomed the Mariners’ plans to relocate to a new stadium on Freeman Street.

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He said: “The plan I’ve got is the plan that John Fenty sold me, and I think he’s on the right lines.

“It’s what not only the crowd needs, but what the whole town needs.

“I want to be a part of building that. Freeman Street is massive for the town, the shopping centre is massive for the town, and the fish dock is massive for the town.

“And it’s about doing the right thing at the right time, and doing all of them – not just one.

“But to do that, we need the football club to be thriving because we are a banner for the town – and we want them to be proud of that banner.

“Why can’t we start making waves, and make people very, very proud of what we’re trying to do here?

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“Hopefully we can produce a performance week in week out that makes people want to get the money that they haven’t got, and prioritise to spend it on us.

“It’s all about performance, and hopefully that will lift the town and the people, and who knows where that can end?”

Ahkeem Rose has trained this week, while Harry Davis and Jordan Cook remain out through injury.


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