Grimsby Town bosses demand repeat display against AFC Telford
ROB Scott wants to see "a replica" of Grimsby Town's display at Alfreton Town.
Their victory in Derbyshire on Tuesday evening extended the Mariners' unbeaten away run to 13 games, thanks to a hard-working and professional performance.
It was the kind of display that Scott and fellow boss Paul Hurst have come to expect from their team away from Blundell Park – and one that they want to see a repeat of when they visit AFC Telford tomorrow (3pm).
"It will be a difficult test, there's no doubt about that," said Scott.
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"Telford are doing very well this season and are coming off the back of a 4-1 victory at Dartford – a team who we played recently and came out on the wrong end of the result against.
"So they're obviously flying quite high and it will be tough for us in another game away from home.
"It is a challenge, but it's a game in which we feel we can maintain our good away form.
"We're unbeaten away since March, and, yes, we might have drawn a few in that time, but to get draws and wins away from home is difficult to do, no matter who you're playing against.
"To get a win at Alfreton, which is not an easy place to go – by keeping a clean sheet and scoring two goals – is a good result for us.
"We want a repeat of that performance.
"We don't want to be erratic with our performances this season, and to be fair, I think we've been fairly consistent.
"Granted, we've had off days but every team has that and it's about minimising those.
"At Telford, we want another professional away performance that's hard-working and that leads us on to playing the football we want to.
"Certainly a replica of Tuesday would be nice."
Striker Greg Pearson is set to be reintroduced into the squad after his recent injury lay-off.
But the Mariners suffered a blow yesterday when both Shaun Pearson and Ross Hannah sustained knocks in training.
The duo remain 'doubts' for tomorrow's encounter.
Pearson's knock is also believed to have scuppered a potential loan move for defender Simon Ford.
The central defender was all set for a short-term deal with another club, but will now remain with the Mariners as cover.
Regardless of the personnel chosen, Scott has called on them to 'earn the right to play' in Shropshire.
He said: "Greg is available again – he trained with us on Monday but he hadn't done enough to warrant being in the match day squad for Alfreton, so he's available again.
"But there's no need to rush him, we need to take our time with him so we don't rule him out for any longer.
"Whoever we select, we expect the same from them.
"You have to earn the right to play against anyone – it doesn't matter who they are.
"No-one is just going to roll over for us in this league.
"Telford are not going to sit off us and let us be pretty and play round them tomorrow – they're going to get into us and we have to match that first and foremost.
"Then when teams realise that we can be a physical presence as well as a technical one, we'll come out on top, but it's about putting that hard work in the first place."