Grimsby Town v Hyde: Rob Scott calls for a response to away loss in November
ROB Scott insists his recharged and refreshed Grimsby Town players are ready to put things right against the last team to beat them.
The Mariners welcome Hyde to Blundell Park tonight on an eight-game league unbeaten run since their defeat to the Tigers in early November.
That 3-2 loss at Ewen Fields saw the hosts roar into a two-goal lead before a Ross Hannah brace hauled Town level, only for Hyde to grab a second half winner.
Joint boss Scott admits that result still "sticks in the throat" and is demanding a stronger defensive display this evening.
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"Hyde was our last defeat, in early November, which speaks volumes for our squad and how well they've produced in recent months and weeks," he told the Telegraph.
"It's that long ago since we were talking about a defeat.
"It sticks in the throat a little bit, though. We didn't defend very well on the night, and I'm not just talking about the back four, it was from front to back.
"A couple of individual errors cost us and we were back in the game at one point before we let it slip again.
"So that will be motivation in itself for tonight and we'll be looking to rectify the result at Hyde."
With just long-term injury victim Liam Hearn and the suspended Aswad Thomas out for Town, Scott is expecting an energetic performance from his players.
He added: "We're champing at the bit to have a game. It's ten days since the last game we played, so we'll be looking to put on a performance and get the three points.
"The pitch will be fine despite the weather, and you can't chop and change too much because of that anyway.
"We've got confidence in our ability and now have two sides to our team – we can play some good, attractive football but we can also dig in, defend and be solid as a group when we need to be.
"Mentally, our players are rested now, so they should come back invigorated and really desperate to get back into playing games of football.
"We've got a clean bill of health other than Liam, who's still training hard in the gym, and Aswad, who is suspended.
"Other than that, we've got everybody to call on, so that's one bonus because we've got a smaller squad now – with just 18 players plus the two keepers."