Grimsby Telegraph

‘WE WON’T ROLL OVER’

...BUT HURST ADMITS IT’S A ‘MAMMOTH TASK’ NOW

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

PAUL Hurst isn’t giving up just yet on Grimsby Town’s hopes of staying up – but he concedes his side face a “mammoth” task to fight off relegation.

The Mariners were left on the verge of dropping into non-league after falling to a 3-0 defeat at home to Morecambe, with first-half goals from Cole Stockton and Yann Songo’o – plus Luke Waterfall’s late own goal – doing the damage. That result, coupled

with

Colchester’s 2-0 win over Southend, leaves Town teetering on the edge of a return to non-league, with the gap to safety now at nine points with just four games remaining. Relegation looks to be just a matter of time now for the Mariners – but Hurst doesn’t want to see his side conceding defeat.

“It was a difficult task before tonight. Now, the word mammoth springs to mind,” Hurst said. “But we have to keep going. I don’t want us to go to Oldham and just roll over.

“Anyone that hasn’t watched the game might think that happened, but I don’t think it did, albeit we don’t enjoy the defeat or by the three goals.

“Sometimes you have to give credit to Morecambe. It’s not a reminder, but it just confirms some things that are in my thoughts moving forward.

“But we’ve still got four games left, and I’ve said whenever you put that shirt on, and you’re in a team representi­ng myself and the football club, I want to see effort and commitment, and that’s what I’ll still be looking for.

“If on Saturday that’s it, then that’s it. If we win and others lose, and it’s still there, then we move on to the Exeter game.”

On his side’s defeat, Hurst added: “I think Saturday had got everyone’s hopes up. There were no guarantees of what would happen of course, but if I’m brutally honest, I had my concerns after Saturday.

“A couple of players missing, and I think you could see we missed them – I’m not saying it would have been a totally different story.

“The way we played on Saturday took a lot of physical effort. We started poorly, and that made it difficult for us, then we sort of got ourselves back in the game. The second goal’s offside. It’s very marginal, but it’s offside, and that doesn’t help.”

 ?? LIAM EMMERSON/PRIME MEDIA IMAGES ?? Lenell John-Lewis tries to get in a shot during last night’s 3-0 home defeat against Morecambe - which left the Mariners staring relegation in the face.
LIAM EMMERSON/PRIME MEDIA IMAGES Lenell John-Lewis tries to get in a shot during last night’s 3-0 home defeat against Morecambe - which left the Mariners staring relegation in the face.

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