Artell’s ‘anger and frustration’ after Grimsby Town’s heavy defeat to Walsall

David Artell did not hold back in his assessment of Grimsby Town’s 6-1 defeat home to Walsall on New Year’s Day, as his team sunk back into old bad habits.

The Mariners went ahead in the game on 29 minutes thanks to Danny Rose, but from that point on, it was all negative for the Mariners who conceded five goals in a relatively short space of time as Walsall quickly went out of sight.

The overall performance was a far cry from the one Artell saw at Salford City on Friday night, as Town picked up their first away win of the season along with a rare clean sheet, but it was “indicative” of the inconsistency they are struggling with.

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He said: “I’m feeling anger and frustration, a game like that confirms some things that you already know, but the crazy thing is that we were by far the better team for 30 to 35 minutes.

“We then shot ourselves twice to go behind but we had the better play for most of the first half, so to come out the way we did after the break is indicative of the season and the inconsistency that we’ve shown.

“There is inconsistency within games as well, we had good moments against Mansfield but came out poorly in the second half and didn’t lay a glove on them and then we had this game.

“That is why the Salford performance was reassuring at the time because we maintained a performance for a full game. You can not perform how we did in the second half [against Walsall], there is a manner in which is acceptable to lose a game of football but that was not it.

“We have got to find a more consistent level of performance and with that, results will follow. We looked like we could win the game comfortably after scoring but instead we made an average team, based on the league table, look like world beaters.”

Original story at https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/sport/

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