Paul Hurst's joy as Grimsby Town blast back at Alfreton
PAUL Hurst admitted it was good to hit back at "the doubters" after Grimsby Town's 2-0 victory at Alfreton Town last night.
The Mariners bounced back from Saturday's Blundell Park defeat to Dartford with a fine display and result at the Impact Arena.
Goals from on-loan stars Scott Neilson and Ross Hannah proved to be the difference as Town pushed themselves back in touch with the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off chasers.
"We got doubted in a few quarters because of a result where we lost to fifth in the league," said joint boss Hurst.
"Just because a team might have an unfashionable name, we sometimes get knocked as if it's the end of the world.
"We've said before that it's not, and this result proves that. And not just our result – near enough every other result has gone for us.
"We were disappointed on Saturday, of course we were, but now we are extremely proud of the players.
"To a man, including Andy Cook who came on late, everyone contributed to that performance.
"On Saturday, taking the keeper out of it, I'm not sure that anyone could have gone home thinking they had played anywhere near where they can.
"Against Alfreton, every one of them contributed and it was a very good night for us."
Town keeper James McKeown made three crucial saves to help the Mariners to yet another clean sheet this campaign – another boost for Hurst and co-boss Rob Scott.
"It was a good surface, the ball was whizzing around, and we got it going nice and early," he added.
"Scott Neilson looked right on it from the start, but generally we passed the ball well and asked questions of them.
"Anthony Elding came in and was a handful all night along with Ross Hannah who was a willing runner and fully deserved his goal at the end there. His chance finally came and he took it very well.
"James McKeown has made two outstanding saves, but I think it would have been unjust if we'd not come away with the three points.
"They had a chance to make it 1-1 and Macca has made a fantastic save from their striker Paul Clayton, and eventually we've killed the game off.
"We've needed that second one, although it took a bit longer than we would have liked, but I have to say we thoroughly deserved it."