Jones and Clarke on target for Mariners
BEFORE yesterday’s game not many could have predicted the outcome with both clubs seeing plenty of changes over the summer months, as no fewer than eight of Chesterfields starting eleven were making their debuts.
But a very accomplished away performance from the Mariners will fill their fans full of optimism heading into Russell Slade’s first full season as manager.
First-half goals from debutants Nathan Clarke and Sam Jones gave the visitors a comfortable lead going into the break, Kristian Dennis came off the bench and gave the Spireites a lifeline ten minutes before time before a crazy last few minutes ensued.
Grimsby didn’t give the hosts any further chance to get back into the game as Scott Vernon was brought down in the box just seconds after Dennis’ reply, Ian Evatt felled Vernon and was shown a second yellow card before substitute Ben Davies fired home the resultant spot kick.
The drama didn’t stop there as Grimsby’s Zak Mills was also shown a second yellow card following a scuffle involving a number of players from both sides.
“It was a frantic game in terms of entertainment, to be honest, which I like to think I am, it could have been 3-3 at half-time,” said Mariners boss Slade.
“Everybody played their part when we were under pressure, I thought we put our bodies on the line at times.
“We had to defend for long periods of the game, after all we were the away side, they’ve just been relegated from League One, so it was always going to be tough. I still feel they’re going to be a side to be reckoned with this season.”
Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell also gave his thoughts, he said, “We went in at half-time 2-0 down in a game where if we were drawing I’d be disappointed.
“We came out in the secondhalf and threw everything at them, kept attacking, creating chance after chance but when we did get back in the game we shot ourselves in the foot again.
“We didn’t pack up and think we’d had enough here, we kept knocking at the door and playing the right way. I’ve seen a lot of positive things from the players and we have to build on that.
“I liked a lot of what I saw in the secondhalf, that resilience and desire to go and get something but we just a bit naïve at times.”