‘Confidence has always been good’ – Grimsby Town’s Niall Maher ahead of Sutton United clash

Niall Maher believes that confidence has always been present within the Grimsby Town squad, even during the bad moments, as the team look to build on the start of an unbeaten run this weekend.

The 28-year-old used the line that most at the club have used when asked about the season in general so far, which has not been up to the standards expected in pre-season as Paul Hurst was building what looked a competitive start after a solid first year back in the EFL.

Maher was a key part of the success last term and remains one of the first names on the team sheet now when fit, but things have not turned out as he or any of his teammates would have hoped overall.

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Interim head coaches Shaun Pearson and Ben Davies have built a platform from which to launch the last three matches in particular showing signs of improvement in certain areas, but there are still some issues to address.

As a centre-back, Maher wants to see the team improve defensively, as conceding needless goals remains a problem. He is confident that the work that has been put in over the last few weeks and the general mood of the team will see them through.

“Confidence has always been good,” said Maher. “It’s been more frustration in not getting what we feel we’ve deserved in games. In the last four, we’ve been taking more chances and we’ve been ruthless in front of goal.

“The downside is that we’re still leaking goals that we know we shouldn’t be conceding but we hope that time on the training field is going to put that right and that is what we’re looking to do.

“Training has been good, the confidence is starting to build from the unbeaten run that we’ve put together so it has been an enjoyable experience preparing for games recently.”

The Mariners face Sutton United at home next in a crucial fixture at the bottom of League Two, with Town knowing that a win can create some daylight between them and the drop zone. Maher says the team have a good idea of what challenges they are likely to face.

He added: “You know what you’re going to get playing a team like Sutton – they’re going to be direct and physical, so it is going to be about who lands on the second balls better. Every game is big in the situation that we’re in currently, three points would be big for either team.”

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