Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway wants to see more of the same belief from his side in Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Carlisle United at Blundell Park (3pm).
The Mariners beat local rivals Scunthorpe United 2-0 in the Humber derby at Glanford Park last weekend, thanks to second-half goals from Charles Vernam and Luke Waterfall.
And Holloway wants his side to show the same resolve and belief to get another victory against Chris Beech’s Cumbrians, who are currently 18th-place in the table, this weekend.
He said: “It’s all about improving bit by bit, and I was very, very pleased with last weekend.
“We kept a clean sheet and beat our local rivals at the end of a bad week.
“We wanted to keep a clean sheet and get the win but you’ve just got to carry on and do what you need to do, and take the emotion out of it.
“We were very, very pleased to come away and get some nice pats on the back walking around town this week, so thank you to everyone for that.
“We showed a lot of resolve and belief in ourselves, and in each other, so hopefully we can do that again.
“We have scored some very, very good goals, but it’s all about getting it right and being consistent.
“It’s all about us. We’ve got a different style and shape, which the lads have got to get used to.
“I’ve been coaching something else – it’s not that different from other shapes really.
“But it’s very, very different in the normal routine every day – there are slightly different movements, and we’ve had a good look at it and the lads did it well at the weekend.
“They took to their starting positions and where they need to move from and to.
“They don’t know it as well as the other formation, but that doesn’t matter because we weren’t winning with that.
“I think it suits our squad to play this way and we’ll have a look and see what they can do for our home crowd.”
And Holloway said he’s continuing to look at all of his players, ahead of his summer plans and the 2020-21 season.
He said: “Everybody’s trying to prove to me that they deserve to be in my plans for next season.
“I don’t think we’re in any threat of relegation anymore – that was the priority to start with.
“People started to get a little bit carried away about whether we could put a late run together to make the play-offs, but that was quashed and killed by getting wholloped by three better teams.
“We conceded nine goals, and scored one, so that tells me I’ve got a lot of work to do for next year to be up where they are – that’s the plan and that’s where we are.
“I’m looking at some of the young ones as well – they played really well for the reserves the other day.
“It’s a process of me getting through and looking at who does what I want, and who shows the character that I want, so let’s see if we can build a better team for next year.
“There are opportunities for people, and Elliott Hewitt stepped in and played in midfield last Saturday and I thought he was absolutely outstanding.
“I’m looking forward to him showing me that he can do that.
“I was really, really pleased with him last weekend – obviously the move for the first goal and the quality of the cross were absolutely outstanding.
“It’s a building process, and I’m at the start of it, so they’ve got an opportunity to play in front of me and show me what I want.
“Some are under contract, and some are out of it, but that doesn’t matter to me because I’ll tell the truth and they’ll be either in my plans or they won’t be.”
James Hanson, Jake Hessenthaler, Jordan Cook, Ahkeem Rose, Bradley Garmston, and Anthony Glennon will all miss this weekend’s game.
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