Date:Sunday January 18 2009
Following Wycombe's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Grimsby Town yesterday, here are some views from Mariners' manager Mike Newell and a few of their fans.
Newell was pleased to start 2009 on a winning note: 'We've had to wait for it haven't we, It's been frustrating with the two games being called off but it has allowed the new loan players to bed in.' the Grimsby boss told his club's official website.
Newell went on to say: 'We've had excellent performances all over the pitch today and on a different day we might have got a couple more goals.'
'One-nil away at the leaders, you can't grumble at that. We try and win every game but you come here with nothing to lose really.'
'Barnsey's made a couple of saves and we've rode our luck on a couple of occasions, but to come to a place where they are unbeaten is brilliant. We've earned everything we've got.'
The Grimsby fans were naturally delighted with the result and their team's overall performance.
The following extracts are taken from 'The Fishy' and "The Grimsby Town Official Message Board".
'Well blow me down, there is a god after all. Outstanding team performance from the boys today. We had 3 efforts cleared off the line in the 2nd half, plus a point blank header just over at the death so could easily have scored more. Akpro terrified them with his pace every time he got the ball and our central defensive partnership was fantastic. Wycombe looked very comfortable on the ball but it's not difficult to see why they have struggled to score lots of goals.'
Imperial Corner wrote:
'Great result, I wouldn't say we were immense but we were better than the opposition and they're top of the league. Could have been about 3-1 on chances. It helped that none of them could hit a cow's bottom with a banjo.'
'Great all round performance from the whole team. If you didn't know you'd have said the team in red were top of the league.'
'One of the best days to be a Town fan for ages. Newell has instilled a fearsome work ethic into his team. Several Wycombe fans asked how on earth we were where we are in the league. Fans were excellent again. Their fans were not!'
'Town played fantastic today, they ran for everything, challenged for everything and ran their backsides off for 90 minutes.
I thought our defence was immense with Atkinson my man of the match. He got his head to every high ball that Wycombe threw at us. The new midfield were superb and the two strikers Akpro and Proudlock really looked up for it. Akpro was well lively and I think Proudlock had two shots saved of the line and to be honest Town should have won by more. It was a special performance and if we play like that in the second half of the season then we will be more than safe.'
'A couple of comments I heard coming out the ground mentioned us being dirty? Didn't understand that one myself! They've got Tommy dirty Doherty in their team! Majority of Wycombe fans said we deserved it! Wycombe were poor but we were better. And their fans can mention 'chances' but apart from a smothered cross in the 1st and a damn good double block in the 2nd, Barnes had nothing to do. Wycombe's shots were yards wide or miles over all game!'
'I hope that good times are ahead and today did feel like a turning point. Gosh, it was good! I was proud to be a GTFC fan again. We showed some spirit, determination and we looked pretty useful at times. Credit to MN for bringing these players in. They added some much needed steel. Hopefully now we can climb the table.'
One got a bit carried away though....
'Was today's result the most significant positive result Town have had this century? I can't think of many others with the possible exception of when we beat Spurs.'
**Next Week** Will Bournemouth's fans be moaning again ?
Date:Sunday January 18 2009
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