'Mariners did enough to win clash at United'
ANY point away from home is never a bad one, according to Grimsby Town joint boss Paul Hurst.
Although his side were ultimately made to settle for a 0-0 draw – having done enough to win Saturday's game at Cambridge – Hurst was pleased to take a point home.
He said: "It's quite possibly the sort of game that would have slipped by a few seasons ago but, with these players, we now don't feel like that would happen.
"Our last defeat was in November and that's a great run for any team to go on.
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"If during that run you're not quite at your best, it's about keeping those clean sheets like we did on Saturday.
"That's now two clean sheets on the spin after going through a little spell where we were conceding a goal a game which was starting to irritate us a bit.
He continued: "I don't think you can question this team for effort or commitment. This is an honest group.
"Ultimately, I think that's a good point – any point away from home is never a bad one.
"We went to win the game as we always do, but you don't always get that.
"I thought we did enough to win the game. I work for Grimsby Town and I want my team to win, and I thought, as an away side, we did enough to win. Maybe we just needed a little bit of luck.
"But it was an improved performance and the more we play, the better we'll get."
Hurst added that Derek Niven's performance against the U's underlined his importance to the side after the midfielder received some criticism last week.
"A lot has been written and said about Derek that was a bit out of order," he added. "There is no question that you want a player like Derek on your side.
"Particularly when it was getting tough towards the end, Derek was there, picking up the second balls, putting tackles in and driving forward.
"He's exactly the sort of player you need in games like that."