Grimsby Town skipper Craig Disley sees positives in Gateshead postponement
GRIMSBY TOWN skipper Craig Disley believes the postponement of last night’s clash with Gateshead could be a ‘blessing in disguise’.
Like many, Disley was all geared-up for the trip to the north east when he got the lunchtime call to tell him that the game had been called off because of a frozen pitch.
Although he says that he and the rest of the squad were naturally disappointed, he said the fact the game was scrapped could yet prove beneficial for Paul Hurst and Rob Scott’s squad.
The Mariners are currently in the middle of a punishing schedule that would, at least until last night’s postponement, have seen them play five matches in the space of two weeks.
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Speaking to the Telegraph, Disley said: “It was massively disappointing to be honest because we get ourselves prepared right mentally and physically for games and so when they’re called off it is a blow.
“I’d eaten the right things and got an early night the night before, and personally, I’d just finished getting ready to go and meet the lads on the bus when I got the call to say the game had been called off.
“It would have been nice to go there and try to extend the gap between us and the teams below us, but as it happened, it was just a case of being sat in front of the TV, watching the other results roll in.”
He added: “It’s been a busy period for us in the last couple of weeks with the Buxton replay, so the game being called off last night could be a blessing in disguise for us to be honest.
“If the game was on last night, I know everyone would have been ready to go.
“But, with the schedule that we’ve had, the fact it was called off will give a couple of those lads who are carrying knocks and niggles to rest up and get them right.
“For the rest of us, we’ve just got to focus on getting back into training and preparing right for the Tamworth game on Saturday.
“Everyone is going to be raring to go for it – especially after last night – hopefully everyone will be fit and we’ll give the managers the sort of selection headache they want to have.”
Last night’s game was the first that the Mariners have had called off because of the wintry weather so far this season.
And with crucial games over the festive period to come, Disley says he hopes it’s not a sign of things to come as Town aim to keep their promotion bid on track in the New Year.
He said: “With Christmas coming up, the weather becomes more and more of a factor.
“I think it was a couple of years ago when we had the really bad winter and there were hardly any games over the Christmas period.
“Personally, I hope, for our sakes, that the weather doesn’t affect us this time round because we’ve got some great games in December.
“Lincoln, Wrexham and Mansfield – they are all massive games coming up for us and fingers crossed the weather stays ok because December is always a busy time and can be a make or break time for some teams.
“If we go through Christmas with a good point score then it will point us in the right direction for the New Year.”
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