Grimsby Town FC need to play with more swagger and dash, say joint bosses
IT'S time to follow Fleetwood Town's lead and play with a swagger – that's the view of Grimsby Town's joint bosses.
The Mariners endured a frustrating afternoon on Saturday as they were held to a 0-0 draw by the Blue Square Bet Premier's bottom-side Kidderminster Harriers.
Despite hitting the bar twice and having appeals for a "stonewall" penalty waved away, Rob Scott and Paul Hurst's visitors were forced to settle for their fifth draw of the campaign.
It's still just one defeat for the Mariners this season, but Scott admitted his side lacked the killer instinct at Aggborough – and must learn from last season's Conference champions, Fleetwood.
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"Our players need to start believing," he said.
"We asked the players in the dressing room 'do you believe you're going to go into games and win them?'
"We do. We believe we will and we believe we've got good enough players to do that.
"Now we want to see that little bit of arrogance – that swagger – from our squad.
"Fleetwood had that last year. We commented on it, how they bounced around the place and looked as though they believed they were going to win.
"Nathan Pond (on loan from Fleetwood) has said the same in the dressing room – we want that swagger and that belief running through the squad.
"We'll keep building on these results and I'm sure that will come."
The Mariners travelled to Worcestershire aiming to make it four wins in five matches.
But Steve Burr's improving Harriers were never going to just roll over – and gave their visitors one or two scares during a lively, goalless encounter.
"Everyone is going to be saying we should win those games and beat teams down the bottom of the league," admitted Scott.
"But we've kept another clean sheet and it keeps us ticking along – I just want to see a bit more belief from our players.
"We lacked that cutting edge – we missed that killer instinct.
"Joe Colbeck should have scored the first time he hit the bar, Pondy's had a great chance at the other end, and Frankie Artus had one first-half.
"And there was the stonewall penalty we weren't given when Aswad Thomas was hauled down.
"We missed someone that's going to stick it in the back of the net".