Painful memories keep Grimsby Town firing
MEMORIES of Grimsby Town's painful – and as yet solitary – defeat this season have been the catalyst for their record-breaking unbeaten run.
That's the view of joint boss Rob Scott who says a determination not to suffer a repeat of the 2-1 reverse against Stockport County in August has been the main reason behind his squad's recent string of results.
The Hatters struck twice in a nightmare last ten minutes for Town as they came from behind to leave Blundell Park with a win.
But since then, the Mariners have gone on a sparkling run of form, winning five and drawing the other five of their subsequent ten games.
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It means that Town are currently enjoying the longest run of games without defeat of all the sides in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
In drawing at Newport last Saturday, Town also went a club-record 12 games unbeaten away from home.
While Scott is proud to see the records tumbling, he remains focused on the task at hand, starting with this afternoon's clash with Dartford (3pm).
He said: "We didn't know there was a record to be had at Newport – it is a cliché, but we genuinely do take every game as it comes.
"But to go 12 unbeaten is an achievement and it is a good record and we're pleased with it.
"Everybody was getting panicky two or three games into the season, but we always knew it was going to be a marathon and not a sprint.
"We're 12 games down now with that one defeat against Stockport, which was disappointing.
"But often, those results, while you don't want them, serve as an impetus to work harder.
"That defeat certainly stung our players and they will be more than happy not to have that feeling again this season, particularly at home.
"That gave us the kick that we needed, and once we got that first victory, the confidence came flooding back" he added.
"We're playing with that confidence at the minute, and, although it's still a work in progress, the players are implementing things that we've been working on, which is pleasing."