💬 Jones: We're ready for the Grimsby challenge

Gethin Jones believes that hard-work and patience have been the key to Bolton Wanderers getting points off teams that sit deep against them.

Wanderers come up against a Grimsby Town who are fighting for their Football League lives.

Time is running out for the Mariners who are adrift at the foot of the table and face the prospect of relegation to the National League.

And although Grimsby will be battling for every ball and tackle at Blundell Park on Saturday to make life difficult for Wanderers, Jones know that inspiration can be taken from the way he and his team-mates ended Salford City’s long-standing unbeaten home record in midweek.

The Welshman said: “We want to get this job done and the way we played at Salford is the way we will have to play in every game until we are definitely up.

“Grimsby will be a different type of game because they are battling to stay in the league and they probably won’t play as much football as Salford did.

“Every game throws up different challenges for us but it comes down to working hard. The running stats have been through the roof recently so if we carry on with that we’ll come away winning more often than not.

“We played Barrow, we played Colchester at home, those teams sat deep and made it difficult for us but I think we have learned how to deal with that now.

“We know we have to move the ball quicker, not slow around the back, and if we can get players running in behind then there will be spaces for the midfielders to get on the ball.

“We might need to be patient but I think we understand better how to beat that sort of team now.

“I think since we went on that long run, every opponent has been wary of us.

“Even in the first 20 minutes against Salford I felt they were a bit scared of us, so we got chances. It was only when we scored that they came at us a bit more.

“Every team in this league is expecting us to come out flying and be dominating games but we know Saturday will be a test. Grimsby are fighting to stay in this league and we need to concentrate on what we are doing, complete the job.”

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