'Our form sends out a message to rivals' says Grimsby Town favourite Aswad Thomas
ASWAD Thomas says Grimsby Town's victory over previously unbeaten Forest Green Rovers will send 'shockwaves' across the Blue Square Premier.
The 23-year-old said Saturday's hard-fought win puts out a clear message to their league rivals – that the Mariners are in-form and will be a tough test for any team in the league.
The victory extended Town's unbeaten run to six games and moved them to seventh in the table, three points off the play-off places.
And, as he hailed a 'superb' team performance against Rovers, the defender says that they must now replicate that against teams at the other end of the table, as he looked ahead to Saturday's game against lowly Kidderminster.
He said: "We beat Hereford and then we tried to get the win against Barrow which obviously didn't happen. But we've picked up points against a team top of the tree in Forest Green.
"So, with respect, it doesn't make sense us now going to places like Kidderminster and putting in lacklustre performances. We've got to take Saturday's performance forward.
"That result will send a shockwave across the league."
He added: "Before the game there was rumours coming out of their dressing room that they're the best thing since sliced bread, so for us to turn them over sends out a big message.
It gives us huge boost. It shows that, on our day, we can beat anyone, top of the league or not.
"By beating them here, it showed that it's not going to be an easy place to come. It sends out a message that Grimsby is on form and starting to put a little run together."
Thomas added that he was pleased to have played part in another solid performance from the back line, helping to secure Town's fourth clean sheet of the season.
"Everyone dug in and put a shift in on what was a hot a day, so it was good to get the performance that our efforts deserved" he added.
"I thought I did ok but I think that, right across the team, we did well. You can't really single anyone out – everyone did their bit.
"They put three in midfield so they're obviously going to have more possession but I don't think they really hurt us that much. Pondy (Nathan Pond) and Shaun (Pearson) won everything in the air and they didn't get any joy down the outside. It was another good performance from us."