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Players backed to overcome 'first big disappointment'

10 August 2022

Alex Morris is confident his players will bounce back quickly from their Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Grimsby Town.

The Railwaymen were beaten 4-0 at Blundell Park, when goals from Luke Waterfall, Kieran Green, Andrew Smith and Stephen Wearne put paid to our hopes of a run in the competition.

The manager, who made seven changes and handed out five full debuts, admitted it was a disappointing night all around.

But he believes he will see a response at Salford City on Saturday (3pm).

Morris said: “It was a disappointing night all round, but it’s not a disaster.

“It’s only becomes a disaster if you allow this type of thing to continue. But we don’t think this group, in terms of how we have recruited and the characters and culture and environment we have spoken about so often, will allow that to be the case.

“This is the first big challenge they’ve got to overcome in terms of disappointment because it has all gone swimmingly before this, with two league wins and all the optimism and belief that comes with that.

“I said the players the most important lesson they can learn from a defeat of that manner is by ensuring you don’t repeat it.

“I have faith in those players being humbled by it and working exceptionally hard to make sure those mistakes aren’t repeated in future.

“We fully intend to ensure that our momentum returns to an upwards trajectory when we visit Salford on Saturday.”

Homegrown players Joel Tabiner and Charlie Finney made their full debuts in Cleethorpes, while new signings Courtney Baker-Richardson, Charlie Colkett and Khanya Leshabela also started for the first time. 

Tickets are on sale HERE for our visit to Salford City.


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