Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway was pleased with his side’s performance in their 1-0 Sky Bet League Two defeat to Exeter City at Blundell Park.
Town put in an impressive performance against the Grecians, who are second-place in the league table, with Elliott Whitehouse and Billy Clarke having good chances for the Mariners.
Matt Taylor’s side went on to claim all three points thanks to Nicky Law’s well-taken goal on 67 minutes.
But Holloway was pleased with his side’s display, and is looking forward to seeing the Town players improve and progress in the coming months.
He said: “I’m taking that all day long as a performance. Life is about caring and working, and they did everything.
“We’ve got a few new lads and when I made the changes it didn’t really do what I wanted it to do – they didn’t do themselves justice because they’ve only just got here.
“But as a performance they did some of the things we’ve been talking about very, very well against a very good team.
“We’ve hit the post and the bar, and then one of their danger players scored a goal – he jinked and he twisted.
“I don’t want the bubble to burst – my bubble is even bigger now – I’ve got a wonderful group of people to work with.
“The fans were so superb today, singing and chanting, and I think they can see the difference with where we have players, what we wanted to do, and how many crosses we got into the box.
“We’re only going to get better, and if they’re second in the league then I’m pretty confident that we can be a team which is moving up the league rather than looking over our shoulders.
“Unfortunately we didn’t take any of the opportunities we made, but I thought we looked a very, very decent team.”
And Holloway revealed he won’t be making many more signings in the January transfer window, after adding Billy Clarke, Anthony Glennon, James Tilley, and Josh Benson to his squad.
He said: “I don’t want to do too much more to be perfectly honest.
“I wanted to get it done early because I need a few weeks to work with them.
“I’ve got other people coming back soon – Jordan Cook and Matt Green, and they’re chomping at the bit to get back in it so that will be like two new signings.
“This year we’ve hardly had Hanson, Green, and Cookie fit together in the same team so I’m waiting to see what’s going to happen.
“You never say never, but I’ve got a lot of work to do now.”
Holloway also revealed that Ahkeem Rose has suffered a hamstring injury.