Grimsby Town beat Ebbsfleet but players must now step up a gear, says Rob Scott
“IF you think you’ve arrived or are something special – you’re not.”
That was the message to Grimsby Town’s players following last night’s 3-1 victory over Ebbsfleet United at Blundell Park.
Goals from Marcus Marshall, Andy Cook and Craig Disley were enough to give the Mariners three points in their bid for the Conference title.
But Town didn’t have it all their own way against the strugglers on a night where most of their championship rivals again triumphed. And joint boss Rob Scott was far from happy.
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“There a number of things we need to look at, but there just weren’t enough people working hard enough,” Scott told the Telegraph.
“Derek Niven has had his critics but he covered every blade of grass, and that’s something we need more from other people.
“That was the case earlier in the season but we need to do that more as a unit now.
“We’ve said to them ‘whether they think they’ve arrived or are something special, they’re not.’
“Get promotion and they can say they’ve done something. Win at Wembley and they can say they’ve done something.
“But we need to get back to where we were and that’s the 11 players on the pitch working massively hard for each other and not for themselves.”
A disjointed second half display almost allowed Liam Daish’s visitors back into a game that should have been put to bed on more than one occasion – something Scott says is unacceptable.
“It wasn’t a very good performance,” he added. “The first half was okay – we started really well and came in at half-time 2-0 up and comfortable.
“But the second half was nowhere near good enough, and the players have been told that.
“We’re sick to death of coming in the changing rooms after games and saying ‘that was not quite good enough’, so that needs to change and change quickly.
“Yes we’re getting results, barring last Tuesday, but that won’t continue against – no disrespect to Ebbsfleet – teams that are higher up the league.
“We’ll get punished for second halves like that, so we need to be aware of that and be better.
“Sometimes when you score a goal that early you go into fifth gear a little bit, and that’s not what we’re about.
“We could have gone on and won that game a lot more comfortably than we did, which is disappointing and we need to improve.”