DEBUT SUCCESS FOR SLADE AS MARINERS DELIVER A VICTORY
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