Hard yards ahead for Grimsby Town as Artell faces tough choices on training field and in transfer market

Grimsby Town players will have an extended time on the training pitch to let their heavy home defeat to Walsall stew, before they are back in action at Blundell Park.

The Mariners are licking their wounds after in a 6-1 thrashing by Walsall on New Year’s Day. And the postponement of next weekend’s clash with AFC Wimbledon – due to the Dons’ FA Cup commitments – means David Artell and his players will not play again until the visit of free-scoring Notts County on January 13.

It was the first time Town had conceded six goals in a game at Blundell Park for over 77 years, which illustrates the enormity of such a result. It is yet to be seen whether it will prompt some movement in the transfer market in the coming days.


Artell has warned many times that the road to success would be long and bumpy. His group of players cannot seem to find any consistency. The instructions are clear from the dugout, it seems, but there is something, or perhaps multiple things, that the team can not get to grips with.

The first away win of the season, at Salford last Friday, should have been a landmark moment in the season, a turning point. Instead, it has been quickly forgotten.

Instead of looking towards the sanctuary of mid-table, Town must peer nervously towards the relegation zone. Some hard truths will be relayed to certain players in the coming days and weeks, and Artell will have to start deciding who he believes is capable of playing in his team moving forward.

So far, Artell has faced non-stop match action and hopefully, the Town head coach will find the mini-break to his benefit, whether on on the training pitch, or in the transfer market.

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

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