Nathan Pond's satisfaction at another Grimsby Town shut-out
NATHAN Pond enjoyed Grimsby Town's victory at Hereford United – almost as much for the clean sheet as the three points it brought.
The 27-year-old, whose initial one-month loan spell from Fleetwood Town has been extended until January, says every member of the side should take credit for another solid performance away from home – on the back of their 0-0 draw at Wrexham.
The Mariners have now conceded just four goals in their six Blue Square Bet Premier matches this campaign.
And, like any self-respecting centre-half, Pond just loves a defensive shut-out.
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He said: "I think we did well.
"Hereford have got off to a great start in the league and we knew it was going to be a tough game.
"But, thankfully, we scored two good goals and kept a clean sheet which was really pleasing for us as a team.
"As a centre-half, clean sheets are what it's all about for me.
"The whole team work hard and it makes things so much easier when we defend from the front like we did against Hereford.
"The front two and the four across midfield really put a shift in, and that helped us a lot.
"Team morale is high in the dressing room, as it always has been, but the last two results have really given us a boost."
Pond believes improved concentration and a some good fortune have played their part in Town's upturn in results.
"Every game we've played we've felt as though we should have won, but now we're getting that luck and the wins are coming off," he added.
"We've had a bit of luck in front of goal and we are concentrating a lot more as a team.
"The goals we were conceding earlier in the season were all after 80 minutes but now we're concentrating right through to the end, like we did at Hereford.
"Macca (James McKeown) has pulled off two great saves now, one against Hereford and one against Wrexham so that really helps."
Commenting on his decision to extend his stay in Cleethorpes, Pond said: "I was a bit shaky on my first game at Southport. But since then, I think me and Shaun have struck up a really good partnership and it's working well in there between us.
"The gaffer asked me if I wanted to extend my stay – I've started off the season well and I'm enjoying playing, so I jumped at the chance.
"Grimsby are a massive club at this level and I want to play a part in getting them promoted."