Grimsby Town joint boss Paul Hurst calls for right attitude
PAUL Hurst watched his Grimsby Town side labour to victory over Barton Town Old Boys and admitted: That's a reality check.
The Mariners continued their preparations for the new season with a far from convincing 4-2 win at the Euronics Ground on Saturday.
After previously beating League One Scunthorpe and drawing with Championship Hull, Hurst was quick to question his players' attitude against the Northern Counties East League side.
The Town joint-boss said: "It was a pre-season game against lower opposition after having a run of games against Championship and League One opposition.
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"Having been there as a player I know what that's like, but we need to be able to rely on their character and attitude to approach every game correctly.
"It was certainly a bit of a come down after the Scunthorpe performance.
"We're not going to get too down about it but – if I'm totally honest – we always felt that could happen on Saturday.
"We warned the players against it, but it's happened.
"It was important not to get too carried away just because we beat Scunthorpe, and played well against Hull and in the second-half against Doncaster.
"It's not about playing against those teams – it's ultimately about playing sides who are in our league.
"Different teams pose different problems to Scunthorpe, Hull and Doncaster."
The Mariners stormed into a three-goal lead at the Euronics Ground before their hosts showed their fighting qualities to pull the score back to 3-2 before half-time.
And Barton even had chances to level things up after the break before Sam Hatton's headed goal finally put the game to bed.
"Barton was more like a Conference game – albeit against a team from lower down the pyramid," Hurst added.
"They are difficult games on the one hand, but, I just felt we made it more difficult than it should have been.
"You can get drawn down by the opposition – that's no disrespect to Barton, they put a good performance on and at one stage it looked like they could have grabbed an equaliser before we made it 4-2.
"That's credit to them, but you know they're going to raise their game and I don't think we got to grips with that.
"Tomorrow against Lincoln we'll be looking for a reaction and hopefully get a performance more like the Scunthorpe and Hull games."