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▶️Match Preview: Town vs Barrow

Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway is expecting a good game of football in tomorrow’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Barrow at Blundell Park (7pm).

2 November 2020

Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway is expecting a good game of football in tomorrow’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Barrow at Blundell Park (7pm).

The Mariners will look to earn their first win in five games, and kick on from the point in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Stevenage.

But David Dunn’s side are aiming for a third consecutive league win, after beating Bradford City 1-0 and Mansfield Town 4-2.

And Holloway is expecting a different type of test from tomorrow’s clash with the Bluebirds – compared to some games in League Two.

Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “They’ve won their last two games, so it’s a good challenge.
“They’re finding their feet – they got a couple of draws and now they’ve got a couple of wins, and I’ve been really impressed with them.

“They’ve got a way of playing that their previous manager taught them and David Dunn has come in and he hasn’t changed anything.

“They know what they’re doing and they know why they’re doing it.

“It will be a good one. It won’t be a massive fight – it’s going to be a football game.

“Some weeks it’s a massive fight in this division, so I’m looking forward to this one because they will try and play, so full credit to Dunny and I’m glad he’s recovered from coronavirus now.

“But I want to try and get a home win – it’s really getting on my nerves.

“I want to stop them and try and impose what we do on the game.”

Holloway said he’s happy with how his team is adapting and learning new systems.

He said: “I’ve got enough to do – work on my players understanding what I want them to do.

“And I think we know how to do it in a five now – in a 3-4-3, and in a 3-5-2 as well.

“So hopefully I’ll be able to switch it around with whoever’s fit because they can’t all play that way.

“If I lose Danny Preston I might have to change the shape because he’s the only left-back I’ve got, apart from Joey Hope who’s a little bit young yet and I’ve loaned him out.

“It is what it is. Let’s be perfectly honest we’ve been patching things up for months and months since the last lockdown, and our season was binned – it’s quite weird.

“But I’ve got lots of new people, I can’t wait to come in, I’m loving coming into work, and I don’t want to stop coming into work now.”

And Holloway praised former assistant manager Anthony Limbrick, after he left the club yesterday.
He said: “I’m very sad. He’s a fantastically-motivated person – he’s sorely missed by our players, staff, and our supporters.

“Unfortunately it’s part of the times – that being that his young family to move up here at this time, he needed commitment.

“And in this day and age – when we’re on a 25 per cent wage cut – if he can’t afford that then I don’t blame him for the situation that he found himself in.

“I wish him all the best and I’ll do everything I can to help him – he’s a wonderful person.”
James Tilley will be sidelined for “quite a while,” after suffering a thigh injury in our 0-0 draw with Stevenage at the weekend.

Owura Edwards and Elliott Hewitt remain out, while Holloway wants Ludvig Öhman to get a full week’s training under his belt.

Harry Clifton is back in contention for tomorrow’s clash, after playing a full part in training.

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