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▶️Ian Holloway Pre-Swindon Town Press Conference

Ian Holloway previews Grimsby Town's Sky Bet League Two clash with Swindon Town as Mariners look to extend unbeaten run to six games

20 February 2020

Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway wants his side to impose their game on Sky Bet League Two leaders Swindon Town at the County Ground on Saturday (3pm).

The Mariners are 14 places, and 22 points, behind Richie Wellens’s side ahead of this weekend’s clash.

But Holloway wants Town, who are unbeaten in five league games, to concentrate on doing what they do best this Saturday.

He said: “I want to see us up for the challenge of playing the team who are the best at the moment.

“You can’t argue with their record, and they beat us 3-0 last time so it’s a big chance for us to go to their ground and see if we’ve learnt anything and improved at all.

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“We’ve got massive respect for them and what they’re doing, but we need to impart our game on them if we can.

“Really you’re only as good as you’re last game, and Swindon didn’t play last weekend so who knows how they’ll respond to that?

“We’ve had two real tough games and we’ve come out on top in both of them.

“But none of that matters – it’s all about what happens at the weekend.

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“And we’ve got to deal with the weather again – I’ve never known anything like it. Storm Dennis is worse than Ciara – he won’t let up will he?

“God knows what we’re going to call the next storm, but I know the name will start with an E. What’s happening? It’s like a film – the last time I saw something like this was on The Poseidon Adventure!”

And Holloway wants his side to continue their progress towards their long-term goal this weekend.

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He said: “We just get on with the next one really – I’m years away from what I really want to see every week.

“But they’re doing very well considering how long I’ve been here.

“But it isn’t about that – it’s about us moving forward, believing, understanding, and continuing to produce time and time again.

“And the difference between Swindon and us is that they’ve been a damn sight more consistent.

“They’ve got 22 more points than us, which is phenomenal for them but it’s awful for us.

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“But the gap between us is still only seven wins and a draw.

“And they beat us in one of those matches so if we can challenge them, take them on, and beat them then we would have got three points out of six from them and it won’t read too badly.

“But if they take six points off us, or even four, from two games that’s miles off the top of the division, which would be a huge blow for my law and way of thinking.

“But we’ve got to earn that right, and I intend to go down there and try and do that.”

Jake Hessenthaler may return in a few weeks’ time, while Jordan Cook and Harry Davis remain out injured.


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