Grimsby Town: Greg Pearson will keep using stealth tactics
HIS 'hide and seek' move may not have worked the first time – but Greg Pearson won't be afraid to try it again.
The Mariners striker was the talk of Blundell Park at half-time on Tuesday following his cheeky attempt to open the scoring.
Having hidden behind Stockport keeper Ian Ormson and waited for him to drop the ball to kick it out off the ground, Pearson nipped around him for a gilt-edged goalscoring opportunity.
Unfortunately, the former Burton Albion man's touch to take it past the stopper was heavy and the County defence recovered to clear the danger.
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But the 27-year-old won't hesitate to try the trick again this afternoon against Nuneaton Town if it helps secure the Mariners' first victory of the new season.
He said: "It was a very good chance and I would expect myself to score it nine times out of ten. I was expecting the keeper to roll the ball out in front of him and he dropped it at his feet. That left me in a bit of a conundrum. Do you hit it? Do you go around him?
"In the end I tried to wrong-foot him and go round him, but the touch was a little heavy – although it didn't seem it at the time – and I didn't expect the defender to be where he was.
"I was hoping to just knock it in, but it didn't quite happen.
"It was good I got myself in that position but I should have done better in terms of taking the chance.
"I'm doing as I can to stay bright and alert and score goals, but it would have been nice if that had gone in. I'm sure the next one will.
"Like any striker, I want to score goals. I would always take the team winning ahead of that, but it's my job as well and hopefully I'll be back on the scoresheet very soon."
Pearson, who is still chasing his first competitive Town goal, is hoping to recover from a groin injury for today's match against Nuneaton.
With just one points from their opening two matches, that would be the perfect fillip for the forward and his team-mates.
"Nuneaton have lost both of their two games and have conceded a few goals, but, by the same token, it's two games into the season so it's hard to say a team is struggling so soon," he added.
"They've obviously not got off to the best start, like us, but we'll concentrate on ourselves and we expect to win every game anyway.
"To be honest, I don't think we've been on the wrong lines so far.
"We were winning both games in the 75th minute – we just need to close matches out a bit better.
"We're sitting on one point when it could easily have been six, and everyone is focused on getting that precious win today.
"Having been around a few clubs, I can assure everyone that no side has been working harder than us and I'm sure we'll give a good account of ourselves this afternoon."