In discussion with the Grimsby Telegraph, Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley has bemoaned their inconsistent start to the season. He states he expected them to claim more Sky Bet League Two points that they have got.

Grimsby are back in action this evening in the Checkatrade Trophy, a game which carries added significance given they are facing Notts County, who will have new boss Harry Kewell in the dugout for the first time. Jolley however feels as though Grimsby can improve in future games and give them a springboard to better results.

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It took the Mariners the second attempt to win a game this season when defeating Macclesfield Town away from home. That however has been followed by five winless matches in all competitions, and Jolley says they simply need to be better,

“It’s a difficult period in terms of we haven’t picked up as many points as we would like.

“I think we’re still seeing the emergence of the team and we haven’t got a consistent level of performance yet, and that’s something we’re working hard to try and address.

“I think we should have more points than we’re sat with at the minute, and I’m not happy about the number of points we’ve got. We need to improve, we need to perform consistently and pick up more points.”

The Checkatrade Trophy has often been boycotted by EFL supporters in recent times, and Grimsby have been involved in that too based on their lower than average crowds in the competition.  Jolley is calling on his fans to get to Blundell Park tonight to cheer his team on, believing a win could kickstart some momentum for improved showings in the league.

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