Grimsby Telegraph

Hurst: We’ve got to treat Wanderers like a Cup final

- By JAMES FINDLATER james.findlater@reachplc.com @ JamieFin_

PAUL Hurst admits Bolton are the last team he wants to face this afternoon – but he’s not giving up hope that Grimsby Town can cause an upset and give their survival hopes a boost.

The Mariners face a huge task to overturn the seven-point deficit separating them from safety in League Two, and with just six games remaining, a return to non-league is looking increasing­ly likely.

To add to the difficulty factor, they come up against a side gunning for automatic promotion this afternoon, with Ian Evatt’s side in a great position to seal a return to League One.

The Trotters sit in the final automatic spot and hold a four-point advantage over their nearest rivals, meaning four wins from their final five games will be enough to see them go up.

“We know the difficulti­es, and starting with Bolton, they’re probably the last team you’d choose to play against,” Hurst told the Telegraph.

“But we have to make it difficult and compete, and almost treat it like a cup final and give it everything we’ve got.

“That’s all we can ever ask of the players. I guess we’re limited in terms of numbers and the options, but we’re still going to put a team out that I expect to certainly make sure that Bolton know they’ve been in a game, and then we’ll move onto the next one.

“What I would say is there’s six games left, things can change in the next game or two and the picture might look totally different either way, so that’s all we can do, take it one game at a time and look for the results.

“Can we get something first and foremost? That’s the most important thing.”

 ?? PAUL BURGESS/ PRIME MEDIA IMAGES ?? Boss Paul Hurst
PAUL BURGESS/ PRIME MEDIA IMAGES Boss Paul Hurst

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