Grimsby Town at Buxton: It will be a different game this time around, says Bucks boss Martin McIntosh
BUXTON boss Martin McIntosh believes the Mariners are in for an altogether different test when they visit The Silverlands tonight.
McIntosh, pictured – who played four times for Town during a month-long loan spell with the club in 2006 – said a soggy pitch and difficult playing conditions will mean that tonight's replayed game will be 'totally different' from the two sides' first meeting.
Saturday's 0-0 draw was a result that McIntosh says gave his side a boost, but he admitted that tonight will be another tough game for his part-time side.
Speaking to the Telegraph, he said: "It will be a totally different game to the one on Saturday but it's still going to be a hugely difficult game for us again tonight.
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"The pitch is not that good to be honest – it is soggy and it will cut up very, very badly so it's not going to be ideal for either team really.
"Obviously, on Saturday, we got a result against a team that's top of a league that's two divisions above us, so that gives us confidence. Ultimately, we only drew the game, but it was an encouraging result for us.
"I always said that I felt we had players that could cause Grimsby problems and that proved to be the case – I think we showed that on Saturday and hopefully we will again tonight.
"We're a part-time club, so all of our lads will have been working right up to the game, so we've got plenty of factors to contend with, but we'll be in there fighting."
The Scot added: "We had a couple of lads taken off through injury on Saturday so we'll have to wait and see what we've got available to us.
"We've only got a squad of 16 players at the moment so that underlines what we're up against.
"But we're thoroughly looking forward to it.
"We haven't had great crowds at Buxton of late but we hope that some fans who haven't watched us in a while are going to come out for the game tonight."
He concluded: "That's the hope and we'll see what happens on the night."