Maul­ing should spur the Shay­men

Halifax Courier - - Sport -

Town boss Jim Har­vey has called on his play­ers to show Grimsby what they’re made of to­mor­row (3.0), four months af­ter be­ing ham­mered 7-0 by the Mariners. Hal­i­fax suf­fered their heav­i­est de­feat at Blun­dell Park in Oc­to­ber since be­ing thrashed by the same score at Mac­cles­field in March 1996.

Since then, Har­vey has over­seen a dra­matic turn­around in form which has given them a fight­ing chance of es­cap­ing rel­e­ga­tion.

Town had gone 13 games un­beaten be­fore last Satur­day’s 2-0 home de­feat to For­est Green, and Har­vey wants his side to put in a much-im­proved per­for­mance from their hor­ror show at Grimsby.

“For­est Green are a marker for us - we have to get to that level,” Har­vey said.

“Grimsby are do­ing very well and they’ll be full of con­fi­dence. They beat us 7-0 in the re­verse fix­ture and they’re a very at­tack­ing side.

“They’re very fit, very sharp all over the park and have a num­ber of good play­ers.

“The per­for­mance they put in was ex­cel­lent - as good as I’ve seen at this level this sea­son.

“We have im­proved since then and I hope that will be re­flected in our per­for­mance come Satur­day. There’s no rest­ing on our lau­rels - ev­ery point is go­ing to be needed.”

The de­feat to For­est Green was the first time Hal­i­fax had failed to score since Har­vey’s ap­point­ment, and the Town man­ager ad­mits he is con­cerned about his team’s goal threat fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Shaun Tu­ton to Barns­ley.

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