Grimsby Town skipper Craig Disley looking for a repeat of Luton display against Gateshead
CRAIG Disley knows that if Grimsby Town don't perform against Gateshead tonight, their hammering of Luton will count for nothing.
While the skipper was delighted with his side's showing in the 4-1 victory over the Hatters on Friday, he said the Mariners can't afford to ease off for their second game in five days when they welcome the Tynesiders to Blundell Park (7.45pm).
The result against Paul Buckle's side moved the Mariners into the play-off places for the first time this season and the former Bristol Rovers man said they need to solidify that position tonight.
"The Luton game was an absolutely fantastic performance from us" he said.
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"It has to be said that they're a very good side with some good footballers who are very good going forward, but I think they left themselves open and we hit them well on the break.
"The result can be a real springboard for us, but if we don't perform against Gateshead tonight, then it will count for nothing.
"We've had the weekend off, but it wasn't a weekend to be celebrating the result. It was one to rest up and get ready for tonight.
"Friday's win took us in and around the play-off mix and if we can get another result tonight, who knows where that could take us.
"To get ourselves in the play-off spots, however early in the season, is great for us.
"I've been here for a year and a bit now and we've never managed to get in that top five; we've been striving for it but it hasn't really happened for us.
"But now, we've managed to do it and we're not far off the top of the league which is a great position for us to be in.
"If we can be positive and kick on from here – starting tonight against Gateshead – we feel it can be a good season for us."
Disley added that he and the rest of the squad have been impressed with loan signings Ross Hannah and Scott Neilson who will be looking to build on impressive debuts for the club tonight.
He said: "Ross and Scotty are great signings for us – they are real quality and competition to the squad which is healthy.
"People have said that we don't create many chances, but with Scotty and Ross coming in, they can hopefully help themselves to a few goals and set up a few along the way.
"Ross looks to play off the shoulder and he's always looking to get in behind.
"You don't score as many goals as he did for Matlock without being able to finish and he showed that with his goal against Luton.
"Scotty (Neilson) has come in and offered that same quality.
"He likes to drift to the side a bit more and you can see that he's got a killer pass in him.
"They've added something to the squad and it's a really good time for us at the minute – long may it continue."
Meanwhile, Disley has backed young forward Andy Cook, pictured, to go from strength to strength after ending his frustrating start to life at Blundell Park with a goal against the Hatters.
Disley said: "We were all delighted for him when he got his goal against Luton.
"Hopefully that will be the first of many for him – it can be a real springboard for him and kick him on for the rest of the season."