Grimsby Town: 'Let's fly out of the blocks', says Shaun Pearson
SHAUN Pearson says it is vital that the Mariners start the season with a bang if they are to fulfil their potential this campaign
The 23-year-old, who has just completed his first year in full-time football with Town, said it was ultimately the start the Mariners' made to the season that cost them a crack at promotion.
After defeat to Fleetwood Town on the opening day of the season, the Mariners won only one of their next five fixtures; a run that featured a humbling 5-0 defeat at the hands of Braintree.
However, Town rallied midway through the campaign and went on an astonishing 15-game unbeaten run to put them within touching distance the play-offs before their promotion hopes were finally dashed after a dip in results towards the end of season.
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This year, league sponsors Blue Square Bet have named the Mariners as one of the favourites for the title and Pearson says that they will need to be quicker out of the blocks than last season if they are to live up to that billing.
He said: "The start really killed us. People will look at the end of the season when we dropped a few points and say that it was there where we lost it, but when you look back, was the start of the season that cost us.
"Hopefully this year we can get off to a much better start this time round and put ourselves in a much better position to push on.
"We have had a few seasons to adjust to the league and we realise that it's not an easy one to get out of so this is a big season for the club."
Joint boss Rob Scott added: "Last season, at times when things were not going as well as we would have wanted, the fans showed their support and the players responded with the run that we went on.
"Unfortunately, in the end that wasn't quite enough, but we want to go a lot better this season.
"Both Paul and I are looking forward to coming back for preseason and getting started.
"We're looking to go a lot further than we did last year."