We didn't show Dartford enough respect, says Grimsby Town joint boss Rob Scott
ROB Scott slammed his Grimsby Town players for not showing Dartford the respect they deserved – and warned against making the same mistake at Alfreton tomorrow night.
Scott watched his side surrender their ten-game unbeaten run on Saturday, as two second-half goals for the Darts saw them leave Blundell Park with all three points.
Joint boss Scott was stinging in his criticism of his players, accusing them of showing complacency against the Darts – something he and Paul Hurst had seen signs of in the pre-match warm-up.
"It was poor from start to finish," he admitted.
"The really disappointing thing is that we detected a bit of complacency before the game.
"So I pulled them in three times in the warm-up to warn them what to expect from Dartford and what attitude they needed to show, and they didn't do that.
"It felt like it was a case of 'oh it's Dartford' and we didn't show any respect to them.
"It doesn't matter what name they carry, all that matters is their league position and what games they've won.
"We forewarned them five or six times in the run-up to the game and they haven't heeded the advice.
"I've got to be honest, apart from Macca (James McKeown), who couldn't do anything about either of the goals, every other player didn't perform. They were nowhere near being at the races and they dropped miles and miles below the standard that we've set recently."
Perhaps the only consolation for the Mariners is that they remain in sixth place in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
But they are four points behind Dartford, who occupy the last of the play-off places.
Scott, pictured, and co-manager Hurst must now raise their players for tomorrow night's trip to Alfreton – where they will be desperate to avoid a repeat showing.
"We wanted to be nice and pretty and say 'we'll sit off play and we're good players'," he said. "We did all the nice and easy bits but the hard work wasn't there against Dartford.
"I'm sick to death of saying it, but whenever we go on a run and get it a bit of momentum, something like this happens.
"I could stand here and list everything that was wrong with the performance on Saturday.
"We didn't make decisions, didn't have any quality – it just wasn't there.
"If they don't perform in their next game, they'll get more of the same because Alfreton are big, strong and physical and they want to get into your ribs.
"We didn't want to compete with that against Dartford and look what then happened."
See pages 37-39 for a full match report and reaction.