Michael Jolley Pre-Colchester United Press Conference

Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley has praised Colchester United ahead of Tuesday’s Sky Bet League Two clash at Blundell Park (7.45pm).

The Mariners will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Forest Green Rovers, as they host John McGreal’s Colchester United who are currently winless in the league in 2019-20.

But, despite Colchester’s winless league start, Town boss Michael Jolley insists the U’s will pose a dangerous, attacking threat on Tuesday.

Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “I think the performances of our team so far have been solid, and I’ve enjoyed certain aspects of them.

“But, of course, after every game you analyse what was done well and what was not done so well.


“We’ve watched the game back. Forest Green Rovers had one shot on target in the match – they obviously had a lot of possession of the ball, but in our view most of that was in front of us.

“We had several attempts at goal – several situations where we could, or should, have scored.

“The first goal was going to be important in a tight game like that, so we’re frustrated that we didn’t take any points.

“But we’re not getting too critical of ourselves because I think the performance was a solid one.

“It’s an important game for us tomorrow so we’ll pick a team that we think gives us a chance of getting a good result.

“I think Colchester have got some good players and they’ve added more good players in the summer – people like Jevani Brown – and they already had Frank Nouble, Luke Norris, and Courtney Senior.


“At this level, from year to year, teams do change – there are a lot of one and two-year contracts, and there’s quite a big turnover of players.

“Last year we beat them at home and lost to them away, but we’ll be trying to win the game tomorrow.

“I’m sure as the season goes on, they’ll have a strong year and be up there as one of the teams challenging.”

And Jolley revealed he’s still hoping to sign “at least one more player,” before the transfer deadline on Monday, September 2 (5pm).


He said: “I am hoping to get another player in. I think at the moment we’ve got 19 outfield players, and we’d ideally like to have 20.

“So we’re certainly looking for at least one more player, and that work just continues.

“We’re looking for a particular position, and we’re still looking to add one more player.”

Striker Ahkeem Rose and centre-back Ludvig Öhman will miss the game, with the defender also expected to miss the Port Vale clash and return to full training next week.

Watch Michael Jolley’s full pre-Colchester United press conference for free exclusively on iFollow Mariners.



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