New Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway is relishing the challenge ahead of him as the new Mariners gaffer. The 56 year old was appointed at the end of 2019 after 18 months away from the game and is excited about the times ahead. Holloway takes his side to East London to face Leyton Orient on Saturday looking for his second consecutive win.
- Sit 17th on 29 points
- Unbeaten in last four – W2 D2
- One defeat in last six games – W2 D3 L1
- League Record – P24 W7 D8 L9 F24 A28
The former Blackpool man’s reign began with a 1-0 away victory at Mansfield last weekend. A Mel Benning second half own goal ensured victory after the Mariners played 80 minutes with ten men after Luke Waterfall’s tenth minute red card. Holloway was delighted with victory stating to Grimsby-townfc.co.uk “I can’t tell you how proud I am. What a bunch of people and players”.
Holloway revealed he is delighted he made the decision to take the managerial job and the welcome he has received in the local area. The 56 year old is eyeing a third win on the bounce for his side at Orient for the first time since February 2019. Speaking to Grimsby-townfc.co.uk “ It is really important you enjoy your football club, you deserve to enjoy it. It is so important to the community and the neighborhood. It is vital everyone feels good about it”.
- Away League Record – P12 W4 D4 L4 F13 A11
- Unbeaten in last three – W1 D2
- Not won back to back games since
- Win at Mansfield, first away win since end of September – W1 D3 L4
- Taken six points from last 18 available on their travels
The Mariners have had an up and down season, going 15 games without a win between October and January before Holloway’s appointment. The 56 year old was excited about the challenge that awaits him but acknowledged he is only concerned about the here and now. Speaking to the Totally Football League Show “I want to bring positivity to the club. I’m absolutely loving every minute of it. I want people to be fresh, and hungry. I am not looking at anything other than who we’ve got next, their strengths and who can we bring in to help”.
- Kept seven league clean sheets – four away
- Back to back clean sheets – first time this season
- Kept two in last three away games
- Only conceded three goals in last five games
- Only two of their last ten games has seen both teams score
Holloway has already began his recruitment process bringing in Burnley defender Anthony Glennon and former Plymouth striker Billy Clarke until the end of the season. The 56 year old worked with Clarke at Blackpool and is delighted to link up with him once again. Speaking to Grimsby-townfc.co.uk “he’s fit, ready and knows exactly what I do. I think he can help me quicker than anybody else anywhere who I could bring in. The spirit I’m trying to grow, I believe he will slot straight in because he’s so determined and will suit us to the ground”.
- Failed to score in 11 league games – only Stevenage (14) have failed in more
- Scored in last four games
- Not scored more than once in their last 16 games in all competitios
- Only scored four goals in last ten games
The Mariners took over 1300 fans to Mansfield last weekend and Holloway was delighted to repay them with three points. Grimsby have sold out their allocation at Orient tomorrow with Holloway stating to Grimsby-townfc.co.uk “the fact we’ve sold 1200 is absolutely fantastic. What I want is for that euphoric feeling to carry on into next week whatever the result”. He added “hopefully I can do it again and make it three wins in a row but we have to earn that right”.
- Scored 20/24 league goals in second half (11/13 away)
- No team has scored fewer first half goals than Grimsby
- Scored 14/24 goals in last 30 minutes of games
On loan Anthony Glennon is set for his debut while recent signing Billy Clarke should be included. Ethan Robson and Liam Gibson are both unavailable after returning to their parent clubs. Luke Waterfall is suspended and Moses Ogbu is set to miss out after being close to leaving the club.
Head to Head – Leyton Orient 19, Draw 14, Grimsby Town 23
Last Meeting – 19/10/2019 – Grimsby 0-4 Leyton Orient
- The last five wins in the fixture have been by the away side
- Grimsby have only won one of the last five meetings – W1 D1 L3
- Grimsby have won two of their last three trips to Brisbane Road
- Only two of the last eight meetings have seen both teams scored
- Orient have failed to score in the their last two home games
Last Time Out – 04/01/2020 – Mansfield 0-1 Grimsby Town
Prediction – Leyton Orient 1-1 Grimsby Town