Rob Scott hails players as Grimsby Town take a step closer to Wembley with FA Trophy win over Luton
“OUR players were excellent – each and every one out-battled, outclassed and outplayed their opponents.”
Those were the words of Grimsby Town joint boss Rob Scott after watching his team brush aside Luton Town 3-0 to progress to the semi-finals of the FA Trophy.
Jamie Devitt’s eighth-minute opener, followed by strikes from Andy Cook and Marcus Marshall, saw the Mariners to a comfortable win over their Blue Square Bet Premier rivals.
Speaking to the Telegraph, he said: “It’s pleasing because it was another clean sheet and a really good performance from start to finish.
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“We exerted our style on the game. We made some changes but we didn’t feel we were making changes to rest players.
“It was a case of bringing other players into the game to give them some game-time and to put down their marker to play.
“We know what Bradley Wood gives us and it’s a tough one between him and Sam Hatton.
“We were pleased with Andi Thanoj because we know all about his passing and opening teams up, but he was a physical presence in there as well – that’s what we’re looking for.
“If he can bring those two sides of his game together, we’ll have a very good player on our hands.
“But we were pleased with all of them, from one to 11 – they were all excellent. Each and every player out-battled, outclassed and outplayed their direct opponents and that showed in the final scoreline.”
Despite the result – which saw the Mariners’ set up a semi-final tie with either FC Halifax or Dartford – Scott is refusing to get carried away, saying the team’s focus is only ever on the next game.
“We’re still not thinking about the next round just yet,” he continued. “We were fully focused on Luton Town and beating them.
“We’re sticklers for only looking at the next hurdle, it’s a cliché but in football it’s true, as soon as you take your eyes off the prize, you’ll never get there.”