Ross Hannah predicts Grimsby Town response at Mansfield
GRIMSBY Town striker Ross Hannah is 'certain' the Mariners squad will bounce back from their Kidderminster defeat when they travel to promotion rivals Mansfield tomorrow night (7.45pm).
Town went down 3-1 to Kidderminster Harriers at Blundell Park on Saturday, as they slipped back to fifth in the Blue Square Bet Premier table.
Hannah was recalled to the side to partner Andy Cook up front and twice went close to grabbing his first goal for the Mariners since returning to the club on a permanent basis in January.
And speaking after the game, the 26-year-old said that despite not finding the net, he was pleased with his all-round performance, adding he hopes to have done enough to retain his place in the side for the crunch clash with the Stags.
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Hannah is well aware of the importance of that trip to Field Mill, adding that the character of the Mariners squad means there will be a response to the 'disappointing' Harriers defeat.
He told the Telegraph: "Saturday was a big game with it being a top of the league clash, so the result was tough to take.
"We owed Kidderminster for the FA Cup defeat earlier in the season and we wanted to turn them over, but it wasn't to be and that was disappointing.
"They are probably the best team that we've played here this season, although we made a few mistakes that did help them. But they did play some decent stuff and they're a good outfit.
"But there will be a lot of twists and turns yet and, in terms of the season, nothing was ever going to be won and lost on Saturday.
"The important thing is that we continue to concentrate on ourselves and keep picking as many points – mostly wins – as we can."
He continued: "If you're at the top of the league, you're there on merit, so whoever we're playing around us, they're all going to be good sides – just as Mansfield will be tomorrow.
"We've got to pick ourselves up and go again and get the three points – that's now massively important.
"The lads were disappointed at the weekend. Nobody likes losing to anyone. But we've got good characters in that dressing room and it's not like we haven't been in this position before.
"We've lost before and bounced back and I'm certain we will do tomorrow night."
Hannah, who signed a two-and-a-half year contract after impressing during a loan deal from Bradford City, admits to being frustrated at so far being unable to pin down a regular spot in the side.
But the former Matlock Town hitman hopes his performance on Saturday convinced his joint bosses to call on him again tomorrow night.
He added: "It's not easy being in and out of the side, but it's the same for a few of the lads. For me, I just feel that I need that goal to kick-start me again.
"On Saturday, I nearly got that but for two great saves from the keeper. But I'll keep plugging away and when I get that chance I've got to take it.
"Hopefully I did that on Saturday with my all-round performance. Apart from scoring, I thought the rest of my game was good, so hopefully I'll be back in the side again tomorrow night."