Unacceptable errors against Dartford were unlike us, says Grimsby Town captain Craig Disley
IT was a performance uncharacteristic of the Grimsby Town of late.
Against Dartford, the Mariners lacked the fluidity and tempo that has seen them brush aside a string of their Blue Square Bet Premier rivals in recent weeks.
Skipper Craig Disley labelled the showing as 'unacceptable' and admitted that it was tough to pinpoint just what went wrong.
But the experienced midfielder says tomorrow's game against Alfreton is a chance for his side to 'put things right' and recapture the momentum that saw them go into the game against the Darts on a ten-game unbeaten run.
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Speaking to the Telegraph, he said: "It was massively disappointing.
"With the run that we've been on, especially at home, we were confident of doing well and I don't think that, from one to 11, we were anywhere near where we need to be.
"If we do have days like we did on Saturday, we need to make sure we hold tight and don't concede, but we switched off at a corner and it was a long way back after they scored.
"It's hard to put your finger on why we weren't there.
"We prepared right all week like we always do and we haven't underestimated Dartford because they're above us in the table and are there for a reason – it was just one of those games where we couldn't get going.
"We conceded the sort of goals that we haven't been doing of late.
"Their first came from what was their first corner of the game. It's a bit of a scramble and it's a decent strike from the lad but it's come through a crowd of players.
"And the second was a bit of a shambles to be honest – the way we have been playing, it was totally uncharacteristic of us.
"We've seen before in the season, when we haven't played particularly well, we've still ground out results, we needed to do that against Dartford but it just hasn't happened for us.
"It was unacceptable and it's something we need to put right and make sure it doesn't happen again."
The former Bristol Rovers man knows that tomorrow's game against Alfreton will be another battle and urged his team-mates to regroup and come up with a reaction worthy of a team that has just come off the back of a promising unbeaten run.
"While the Dartford result was massively disappointing, games come round quick in this league and we've got the chance to put things right at Alfreton tomorrow night," he said.
"Alfreton will be another tough game. Saturday was a physical game but tomorrow night will be even more so. They're a big physical side and we need to go there with the right mentality.
"We're disappointed but we can't forget the fact that we've been on a good run and we're going to get beaten every now and again.
"It's all about how you react to defeats."