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James Hanson Praises Grimsby Town Teammates

James Hanson targets more goals to round off Grimsby Town teammates' good build-up play

24 January 2020

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Grimsby Town striker James Hanson has praised his teammates’ recent performances under manager Ian Holloway in Sky Bet League Two.

The 32-year-old returned from injury for a 25-minute cameo in the 1-0 defeat to Exeter City at Blundell Park last weekend, after more than a month out with a pulled calf.

Hanson, who’s scored five goals in 20 league appearances so far this season, is fit and available for tomorrow’s clash with Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium (3pm kick-off).

And he’s emphasised the importance of rounding off the Mariners’ good build-up play with goals.

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He said: “Billy Clarke can play in a number of different positions, and he had another good game on Saturday and was unlucky not to score a goal.

“Charles Vernam has come back from Chorley – he’s looking really good, taking players on, and he’s producing crosses and shots.

“And Max Wright as well – everyone who has been in the team has done really well so first and foremost it’s about trying to get back in the team for me.

“We’ve been playing well for a number of weeks now – it’s just about converting our chances.

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“We’ve been saying the same things after every game each week, and that we’re playing well.

“But it’s no good having four or five good chances – we need to start putting the ball in the back of the net.

“I’ve been back a couple of days, so to play for 25 minutes on Saturday was probably more than enough.

“I’ve trained all this week so I’m looking forward to the game on Saturday.”

And Hanson, who scored 91 goals for Bradford City between 2009 and 2017, revealed how new boss Holloway has already started to make an impact at Blundell Park.

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He said: “He seems really good. He’s got a good pedigree – he’s managed at Championship and Premier League level.

“It can only be good for players of any age – whether they’re youngsters or people like myself.

“Everyone can learn a lot of things from him, and I’m looking forward to working with him.

“He’s brought good discipline into the club, and little things like tidying around the training ground so it’s really clean now.

“And that’s how he wants all the lads to be – really looking after themselves – and we’re looking forward to working with him.”


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