Danny Rose came within a whisker of winning all three points when Grimsby Town travelled to promotion-chasing Accrington Stanley.
The Mariners skipper rose to head towards the net in the second minute of added time, only for Radek Vitek, Stanley’s on-loan Manchester United stopper, to save superbly. Earlier, Town keeper Harvey Cartwright had performed his own heroics to tip over a Ben Woods effort in the second minute, before pushing away a low-angled drive from Jack Nolan on the half-hour mark.
Town struggled to make clear-cut chances early on, with Radek keeping out Arthur Gnahoua’s long-range effort, their only shot on target in the first half. But after the break, the Mariners dominated as they sniffed an upset.
Former Stanley defender Harvey Rodgers headed wide from a corner, while substitute Kieran Green could not find the target following another corner. Green headed a Denver Hume corner just over the crossbar in the 82nd minute before Rose came so close to earning Town a first win of 2024.
Speaking after the match, David Artell said he believed his Grimsby Town side are moving in the right direction. “It’s another clean sheet on the road. That’s two on the spin and we were much better than last week (a 2-1 home loss to Tranmere) which was unacceptable,” the boss said.
“We have come here to try to play football, but we have not what we got we deserved, as we deserved to win, but what let us down was our decision-making in the final third. We couldn’t drive home the control we had.
“They had a shot in the second minute, but I can’t remember anything else after that. We have been in the ascendancy, been in control, but haven’t made the crucial decisions in the final third which our play warranted.
“It was an unbelievable save from Danny’s header at the end, but we looked solid and there is plenty to build on. It was a good away performance. We are just missing a goal or two, but I am sure they will come.”
Reporting by PA Sport.
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