Grimsby Town: Hurst demands players step up in pre-season
PAUL Hurst has urged his players to up their game if they want to be involved in Grimsby Town's season opener on August 11.
The joint-manager watched the Mariners continue their pre-season preparations with a 2-2 draw at Blue Square Bet North Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday.
Hurst admits he and fellow boss Rob Scott were not overly impressed by Town's display, with the start of the league season now less than four weeks away.
He said: "It wasn't ultimately what we're going to be looking for – far from it – and there's a lot of work still to be done.
"We played a different formation, with three up front in the first-half and we didn't really get to grips with it.
"We didn't get Louie (Soares) on the ball as much as we'd like either, and their system caused more problems than ours. That's about looking after the ball, and they did that better than us.
"I didn't feel we pressed them very well. Every time we raised the tempo slightly we looked a much better team, and that's what we'll be looking to do for a more sustained period."
The Mariners have two home friendlies against Football League opposition this week as Doncaster Rovers and Hull City visit Blundell Park.
And Hurst wants to see an improvement.
"It's all to play for in terms of starting places for that opening game," he added.