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MANAGER: I think this will be an interesting one

Keith Curle ahead of the weekend trip to Grimsby

17 November 2017

Manager Keith Curle spoke to us about tomorrow’s trip to Grimsby at his weekly press conference.

“They’re a team who can score goals on their day,” he said. “They’ve been on a decent run of being undefeated recently, if you put last week to one side, so they’re a difficult team to break down.

“The results overall haven’t quite been what they would have wanted but they do have good strengths in their side. I don’t think it’ll be an open and expansive game and I also don’t think either team will finish the game with the same formation they started it with.”

“I know Russell [Slade] and he’s a manager who wants to win football matches,” he continued. “He likes his team to have a solid foundation and he’s very aware tactically, which means he can spot a weakness.

“It’ll be an interesting one because within that both teams will be going for the win. He’s had a lot of games at this level and he has a way of managing which makes his teams difficult to beat.

“Grimsby is a very welcoming and hospitable football club and the playing surface has always been fantastic. I really do think it’ll be a good game.”

“We have a full complement of players to pick from other than the obvious longer-term injuries,” he commented. “We’ve had a few talking points with selections from the last two games and that’s because we have a very competitive squad now.

“There are good qualities in there, but everybody knows now that I pick a starting eleven who I think will get us the result.

“I don’t fall out with players and there are no personal vendettas, or anything like that. If you aren’t included it’s simply because I feel a different group of eleven will get the job done.

“There’s never a falling out because I can’t afford to fall out with players and there’s actually never any need for it.

“We know that some players have taken a bit longer to get into the flow than they wanted, but we have everybody competing and looking for starting places now. They know if they do get an opportunity they have got to perform.

“The other pleasing thing is that we can see how close we’re getting to the upper reaches of the division. If we can keep adding to the points we’ll be closer to where we all want to be.”

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