Grimsby Town bosses believe Mariners now have a winning mentality
GRIMSBY Town's players are ticking all the right boxes when it comes to attitude and character, according to Rob Scott.
The joint-boss witnessed real disappointment in the Mariners' changing room on Wednesday night after sloppy defending allowed Grimsby Borough to net twice before half-time.
The fact that Town were leading their opening pre-season clash 5-2 at the time made his players' anger all the more pleasing for the Town manager.
Scott believes that kind of character can take the Mariners a long way when the new Blue Square Bet Premier season kicks off on August 11.
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"You're always forming opinions on the players, whether it's in training or in friendlies," he told the Telegraph.
"That's not always on their performances, it's in their attitude and their preparation.
"We've got no complaints so far on that front. At Grimsby Borough we went in at half-time and the players were chastising themselves for being sloppy for the last 10 minutes of the first half.
"In all honesty, we didn't have that this time last year – there was none of it, we had to generate every little bit of debate within the dressing room.
"They're now doing that themselves, so that shows me and Paul (Hurst) we've got a few more characters within the football club. They want to do well and they're asking questions of each other and themselves. That's exactly what needs to be done here."
The Mariners eventually romped to an emphatic 12-3 victory at Bradley Community Stadium as Scott and Hurst gave their entire squad at least 45 minutes of action.
The bosses are hoping for another professional showing when they make the short trip to face Gainsborough Trinity tomorrow (3pm).
"That will be a similar, fitness exercise to the game at Grimsby Borough," added Scott
"Obviously, it's the second game so the competition becomes a little bit harder. But that's not going to detract from what we're trying to do, which is giving everybody a little bit of game time and getting their fitness levels up.
"It's not about playing 11 men for 90 minutes and just working on those 11 – that will be become more important as we get towards the first game of the season.
"At this moment in time it is about giving everybody game time because, how ever much running you do, it doesn't replicate a game.
"Psychologically you up your levels anyway when you know you're playing against a better side in league terms.
"Our players will know that it is going to be a tougher test. They have to be prepared for that, look after themselves and move the ball a bit quicker."