'A travesty': Grimsby Town's defeat to Stockport County a big blow to Paul Hurst
MARINERS joint boss Paul Hurst described Grimsby Town's 2-1 home defeat to Stockport County as "a travesty".
Town hosted the Hatters last night for their first home clash of the new Blue Square Bet Premier season.
But after taking a 68th minute lead through a stunning Nathan Pond volley, they conceded twice in the final ten minutes to lose the clash and remain on one point after two matches.
Hurst said: "Everyone approaches the season with optimism and I know that many of the fans we want behind us will have gone home thinking 'same old story.'
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"If I'm honest I can't blame them.
"It was a good point on Saturday – it was disappointing that we had the lead – but this time we knew it would be a difficult game because it wasn't going to be the same Stockport team as last time.
"But the game panned out as we expected. They sat behind the ball and to get ourselves in front with a goal from Pondy and to somehow lose the game was a bit of a travesty. But it's also our own fault.
"We were not totally happy with the performance for the first 80 minutes. but it's difficult to play against a team that stick so many men behind the ball.
"At first they (County) had a little bit of a go, but as the game wore on they went very defensive and at times it was a case of literally playing in their half against 11 men behind the ball.
"No matter how good you are, that's very difficult to break down.
"And it's also an example of how important set plays are – we score from one, albeit a great finish, and then we have to be able to hang onto that lead."
Hurst continued: "In the build-up to the game we knew that breaking them down would be a problem.
"The key part is usually getting that first goal. It's not like we were two down and made it 2-1 – once you get in front the game changes. It wasn't like Stockport suddenly threw men on to attack us. As the game went on more and more of their attacking players went off the pitch.
"So we weren't faced with a team playing three or four men up front to try and get back into the game, and that's probably the biggest disappointment last night – the game was won.
"To not even come away with a point – a draw would have been bad enough – is a real blow."