Rob Scott praises battling Grimsby Town after comeback at Barrow
ROB Scott hailed his Grimsby Town side's character after watching them battle back to claim a 2-2 draw at Barrow.
A below-par Mariners performance saw the visitors trailing 2-0 after 61 minutes in last night's Blue Square Bet Premier clash at Holker Street.
But the introduction of three second-half substitutes – and particularly two-goal hero Anthony Elding – changed the game.
"It was a good point in the end but the lads looked a bit jaded," admitted Town joint boss Scott.
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"That was understandable.
"It was a tough game on Saturday against a side well up the league on a hot day, with a long journey back and then another mammoth journey yesterday. I have to be honest – in the first-half we were pretty poor but the lads were feeling the effects of a tough week.
"But that said, they showed great character to come back and get the point.
"The substitutes, Andi Thanoj, Anthony Elding and Louie Soares all made a real difference when they went on.
"I hate harping on about it, but a year ago or two years ago we would have lost that game.
"It's pleasing that they showed the gumption to stick with it and keep piling forward.
"We didn't play very well.
"The lads know that they've dropped below their current standards.
"But we've battled back and got a draw from what looked like a pretty ominous position at 2-0 down.
"We're pleased with the application towards the end, but not pleased with the performance.
"Everybody was below par, apart from James McKeown and the three lads who came on.
"I'm not saying everyone was rubbish, but they were below the standards they've set in the last three games".