DE­BUT SUC­CESS FOR SLADE AS MARINERS DE­LIVER A VIC­TORY

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Sam All­sop

RUS­SELL Slade won his first game in charge of Grimsby Town as they beat play-off chas­ing Cam­bridge United af­ter a bat­tling per­for­mance at Blun­dell Park.

The Grimsby job is Slade’s third man­age­rial po­si­tion this sea­son, hav­ing start­ing with League One side Charl­ton be­fore be­ing sacked, fol­lowed by a short spell at Coven­try City, where he was also sacked, be­fore now tak­ing the reigns at the Lin­colnshire club.

Goals from Calum Dyson and Chris Cle­ments handed the Mariners the win with Brad Hal­l­i­day’s late con­so­la­tion not enough to stop the U’s los­ing cru­cial ground in their hunt for a play-off place in Sky Bet League Two.

A bumper at­ten­dance of over 5,000 flooded into Blun­dell Park for the un­veil­ing of new man­ager

Slade, who will be hop­ing his new side can make a late charge for the play-offs, but with just four games re­main­ing it will be a big ask for the Mariners.

“I thought we de­served the win over­all,” said Slade.

“They knew ex­actly what was re­quired from me here and they de­liv­ered that.

“We’ll see how the play­ers come out of this and make choices.

“It’s not about the 11 these days – it’s about the group.

“Tom Bo­lar­inwa com­ing on for 20 min­utes, Craig Dis­ley get­ting back out there, it’s all about op­por­tu­ni­ties for the play­ers in the com­ing games.

“I don’t think it’s the best sur­face at Chel­tenham but we’ll take it for what it is and try our best like we have done here.”

Cam­bridge man­ager Shaun Derry gave his thoughts on the busy Easter week­end sched­ule, which will see his side host Ex­eter City to­mor­row af­ter­noon.

“We’ve got to bounce back and we’ve got an op­por­tu­nity on Mon­day,” said Derry. “We have to take all the pos­i­tives that Fri­day brought and take them into to­mor­row’s game, be­cause there are teams around us drop­ping points left right and cen­tre. “We were straight back in train­ing, we do it right and more of­ten than not we’ve done it right at home this sea­son.

“At this point in the sea­son you have to take ev­ery pos­i­tive that comes your way how­ever it comes.

“As neg­a­tive as the re­sult was we quickly spoke about the ta­ble.

“We’re still only three points off the top seven places.”

STAR MAN CALUM DYSON Grimsby

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