Grimsby Town joint boss Paul Hurst wants a strong-willed showing at Hereford
PAUL Hurst has urged his team to show the 'mental strength' needed to leave Edgar Street with the right result tomorrow (3pm).
Town make the cross-country trip to Herefordshire in buoyant mood after securing their first win of the season against Mansfield Town earlier this week.
In contrast, their opponents have just tasted defeat for the first time in the campaign, losing 2-0 to pace-setters Newport County on Tuesday.
Despite the result, Hurst said that he has been impressed with the way that Martin Foyle's side have adjusted to life in the Blue Square Bet Premier, following their relegation at the end of last season.
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"Hereford have started well since coming down," he told the Telegraph.
"The recent history of relegated teams has been that they've struggled a little bit to adapt, but they've done well.
"At the start of the season they probably wasn't one of the favourites, but after the start they've made, maybe one or two in the game have changed their opinion.
"Martin Foyle has gone in there and he's had to change a lot of things around and there's not too many players there that were part of the team that got relegated.
"That can have a positive effect because it's a new mind-set and they're not carrying the baggage of last season."
Barring Liam Hearn, the bosses have a full squad to choose from for tomorrow's game, which Hurst says will be a tough test for the Mariners – although he is not expecting too many surprises.
He added: "We've had Hereford watched a couple of times and watched their first game against Macclesfield on TV."
"They're well organised and scoring goals, and they'll be looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season so it will be another tough test for us.
"We've got to look to build on the Mansfield result, starting tomorrow.
"We will certainly go into the game with more confidence within the team and as individuals.
"I'm not really expecting many surprises from Hereford and I'd expect them to go 4-4-2.
"I may be wrong but I can almost name the team that I think Martin will put out, so we will know what to expect.
"But they will be at home and we'll have to be mentally strong.
"Away from home, teams are going to try and get on top of you at times and in our away performances so far, I think we've stood up to that well and looked solid.
"We'll have to be resilient but also play with confidence.
"We'll approach the game in the same way that we do with all of them and look to go and get the win.
"Hopefully we can keep the strong, organised part of our game but also show the attacking edge that we had in our last game against Mansfield."