Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley has appealed for supporters to remain calm after their third defeat on the bounce recently.
The Mariners were thumped 4-1 away at Tranmere, leaving them 16th in League Two. They’re 15 points clear of the bottom two, so are certainly safe, with ten points sitting between them and the play-offs.
It’s almost certainly going to be another season of mid table mediocrity for the mariners, but after last season’s relegation scare, that is progress.
Jolley called for the home supporters to get behind the side, pointing out the 4-1 score line flattered Tranmere this week.
“I think we need to stay calm,” he is reported as saying in the Northampton Chronicle.
“Tranmere’s goalkeeper won man of the match and we had a number of good chances. I also think it’s important that we don’t overreact (to the result).”
“Nobody’s more disappointed about the result than me, the players, and certainly the supporters that went to Tranmere on Tuesday. It’s a bitterly disappointing result, but sometimes you have to look beyond the result.”
Jolley recently celebrated a year in charge of Grimsby. He took over at the tail end of the 2017/18 season, with the Mariners in dire need of saving from relegation.
A remarkable run of wins in his last few matches of the season saw them finish above Chesterfield and Barnet.
Grimsby aren’t in good form, there’s little denying that, but they are making progress. Slowly.
It might not be the same blistering run that their local rivals Lincoln City are on, but there’s cause for optimism at Blundell Park, just not this season.