Rob Scott calls for calm after Grimsby Town lose at home to Kidderminster
JOINT Grimsby Town boss Rob Scott has called for some perspective as the Mariners prepare for a crucial game against another of their promotion rivals tomorrow evening.
After Town’s 3-1 loss to in-form Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday, Scott was keen to point to the fact that it was only Town’s second defeat in 23 games and just their sixth in the league this season.
And, ahead of tomorrow night’s trip to Mansfield Town, he also highlighted his side’s upcoming FA Trophy final appearance at Wembley and what he called the club’s ‘comfortable’ position in the play-offs as indicators of the Mariners’ success so far this season.
Speaking after the Harriers defeat, Scott said: “It’s not the end of the world. People are getting massively carried away. We didn’t get carried away when we got to the top of the league and likewise we’re not going to get carried away when we lose one or two, considering the run that we’ve had.
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“Come on, let’s get our feet on the ground. We lost to a fantastic team on Saturday who have been on a brilliant run themselves.
“We weren’t very good and weren’t compact enough, like we were at Forest Green in the previous game. But I’ll give Kidderminster credit, they’re a good side and they were better than us on the day.
“But people have to realise that we’ve been on a hell of a run ourselves.
“Sometimes you have to take stock, dust yourselves down and go again. Let’s not get too carried away; the table hasn’t shifted too much.
“We’ve got to keep it in perspective. It’s two defeats in 23, we’ve got a Wembley appearance, we’re fifth in the league and we’re comfortably in the play-offs on points.”
Scott added that he has taken some responsibility for the Mariners’ performance against the Harriers, after heaping praise on his side for their second-half showing in the 1-0 victory over Forest Green Rovers last week.
And with the Mariners having not lost back-to-back league games so far this season, Scott has called on his side to preserve that record and bounce back tomorrow evening.
“I wouldn’t even say it was a bad day of the office for us on Saturday because we had little spells in the game” he continued, “but I am a little bit disappointed with the way we lacked a bit of drive in the last 15 minutes.
“But good teams bounce back and we will tomorrow night. Mansfield are flying and got another four goals on Saturday so it couldn’t be easier really, could it?” he joked.
“We’ll go there and be as good as we can be. We’ve taken a bit of a knock but we’ll come back from it.”