Grimsby Town joint boss Paul Hurst happy with Tom Naylor's impact
MARINERS joint boss Paul Hurst has hailed the impact of new-boy Tom Naylor.
The on-loan utility man made his full Mariners debut in Tuesday evening's crucial Conference victory at Forest Green Rovers.
And to cap a fine defensive display and a clean sheet, the 21-year-old netted Town's winner 16 minutes from time.
"I think I could have scored his goal from that distance," said Hurst. "But I probably wouldn't have jumped as high to challenge the keeper in the first place!
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"But in terms of his overall performance, I turned to Dave Moore on the bench with ten minutes to go and said 'one of the best things I can say is that I haven't really noticed him.'
"I thought he slotted in there as though he had been with us all season – he looked very comfortable, very assured and came out with the ball once or twice as well.
"It was a very professional and mature performance from someone who is still a very young man – albeit a very good player."