Grimsby Town: Frustrated Wood still eyeing play-off place
BRADLEY Wood admitted Grimsby Town lacked the quality to break down a stubborn Tamworth in Saturday's goalless draw at Blundell Park.
The youngster was as frustrated as anyone that the Mariners failed to overcome the Lambs – a draw that means they have picked up just five points from the last 15 available in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
However, Wood still believes Town can bridge a seven-point gap to the play-off places in the final nine matches, starting with victory at Hayes & Yeading United tomorrow night.
Wood said: "We didn't have enough quality on the day and we admit that.
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"But it's hard when teams play eight or nine men behind the ball.
"It's not my way to play football but if they want to do that then it's up to them.
"They made it hard for us to break them down.
"Their keeper made a few good saves but we didn't trouble him enough, as we should have. He helped them get the draw.
"We are still making chances and on another day they go in and we get the win.
"Fair play to Tamworth, they held on for a point but it's two points dropped for us.
"We now have to try and go to Hayes & Yeading and do our best to bounce back again. We have to keep the belief; we have nine games to go.
"Three points tomorrow can help us kick on and we can still get into the play-offs."
Wood shook off an ankle knock picked up in the defeat to York after coming off the bench.
And he got the nod in a more advanced midfield role on his first start since the New Year's Day derby win over Lincoln – some 14 games earlier.
The combative 20-year-old relished his role in the engine room and, with no soreness from his ankle knock, hopes to stay in the side at the temporary Woking home of Hayes & Yeading tomorrow.
Wood added: "I enjoyed it in midfield.
"I tried to get about a bit. I think we just needed that bit more quality to break them down. But it was good to be back in the team again.
"My ankle was fine; it takes more than that to keep me out."