Grimsby Town bosses consider changes for Woking clash in bid to get back on track
PAUL Hurst says that he and fellow joint boss Rob Scott may shuffle their pack ahead of tomorrow's clash with the Cards.
Tuesday night's defeat to lowly Hyde has left the bosses with much to consider as they prepare to take on another of the league's newcomers.
Woking visit Blundell Park sitting comfortably in mid-table after winning the Blue Square Bet South last season.
And Hurst said that changes could be made for the clash with Garry Hill's side as Town look to record their first win at home in four games.
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Hurst said: "Ultimately, tomorrow's game is a chance to get Tuesday out of our system and put in a much better performance.
"It will be another tough game, but, for us it's about getting back to winning ways.
"Plenty have mentioned about the home form and it's a chance for us to also put that right.
"We've got a clean bill of health for the game and that's pleasing in the sense that we don't want people shying away from the challenges that are presented to them.
"It's easy to be fit and bouncing when things are going well, but when they're not going your way then that's when you really find out about people's character.
"We've got a couple of decisions to make tomorrow because on Tuesday, for one of the very few times this season, not many came out of the match with credit.
"Near enough everyone would have gone home and, if they were being honest, said that they could have done much better.
"We've got a squad, the strength of which we keep talking about, and players have to be ready to step in.
"We might take the decision to give some lads another opportunity or decide that the time has come to make some changes."
Among those who could be handed an opportunity tomorrow is Andi Thanoj.
The young midfielder came on as an early sub for Derek Niven on Tuesday evening after what had been a torrid opening 20 minutes for the Mariners.
And Hurst said that his performance in Lancashire has left the bosses with a decision to make.
"Andi gives us something different to Derek in the middle of midfield," he added.
"Derek wasn't happy to be brought off on Tuesday, and I understand that.
"But at the same time, we were 2-0 down and, as a team, we couldn't pass the ball well – we needed to make a change.
"Andi gets us playing at times and that was the thinking in putting him on and I think he did that to a degree.
"He's a talented footballer but, at times, we've also questioned what he doesn't give us that Derek does.
"So in that respect there's another decision for us to make but we'll see what we feel the team needs."
On the prospect of facing Woking, Hurst added: "They are a little bit off the play-offs but I'm sure the manager there is happy enough with the way they've started and looking to kick on.
"They've settled into the league now and they'll want to finish as high as they can.
"I'm sure that when they came up they were looking forward to coming to places like Blundell Park and other clubs that have such good fan-bases.
"We feel that teams will come and raise their games against us and, again, that's something that comes with playing for Grimsby Town.
"We know that and we have to manage that."