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Ian Holloway compares Grimsby Town's defeat to Swindon Town to Tyson Fury's boxing victory over Deontay Wilder

24 February 2020

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Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway says he’s learnt valuable lessons from Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Swindon Town in Sky Bet League Two.

The Mariners’ five-match unbeaten league run came to an end at the County Ground, despite James Hanson’s eighth goal of the season.

And Holloway has likened the match to Tyson Fury’s WBC world heavyweight title victory over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas, ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Newport County at Blundell Park (7.45pm).

He said: “I’m never letting anybody have the ball anywhere – I’m just going to press them all the time, that’s the secret.

“Tyson Fury had to decide whether to worry about Deontay Wilder’s big punch, or just try and knock him out.

“So I’m going to try and knock everybody out, but some days we’ll leave our chin open like we did at the weekend but Swindon deserved to win.

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“It’s taught me one or two things and we’ve got to learn from that, and I’m sure the boys have this morning.

“I went into that game believing I might be able to knock them out.

“To be fair it would have taken a lucky punch, and we almost got that in the first half, but then they knocked us out.

“Well done Tyson Fury, you’ve got to keep re-evaluating yourself, and it’s amazing how you sometimes realise what you’ve got to do in the future.

“When he got off the floor, when it didn’t look possible, in the last fight against Wilder, he thought ‘I’ve got to go for it here.’

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“And he realised when he was going for it that his opponent wasn’t very good like that.

“And I’m glad the referee ended it the other day because he looked in terrible trouble, and well done to Tyson.

“And we’ve now got to try bring that scenario, as I’ve painted it, into a game against Newport, and then Northampton.

“Both matches are at our ground, and in horrendous weather again by the look of it, so I’ll be glad when there are no storms hammering around my cold, bald head!”

And Holloway says he has a selection headache ahead of tomorrow’s fixture with Michael Flynn’s Exiles.

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He said: “It’s tough – it’s a great challenge, but I’m looking for us to take that one on the chin, and get back up and get going.

“We were definitely knocked down at the weekend, but we’re not disheartened – in fact we feel much better about ourselves.

“Do I give them the chance to go again and learn from the weekend?

“Or do I add one or two who have been trying to show me, and have been showing me by causing us problems the way they did in training on Thursday, that they want to play?

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“And also I’ve got to speak to one or two players and ask them how they’re feeling because it’s a lot tougher for some of them than it has been before.

“Anthony Glennon and Josh Benson have been stepping up from under-21s, playing at this level, and I’ve got to look at that.

“It’s not easy but this is the headache that I want, and it’s about getting it right.

“And the players have seen this morning that it’s about admitting what your job is, telling people that you didn’t do it very well, and then moving on in a positive fashion.”


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