Grimsby Town’s manager, Paul Hurst, acknowledged his empathy for Ben Garner following Colchester United’s 3-2 win at Blundell Park.
Paul Hurst didn’t express any reservations about the outcome after his Grimsby Town team suffered a home defeat to Colchester United. The Mariners had aspired to build on their recent impressive FA Cup replay victory over Luton Town with another win but were bested 1-0 by the U’s.
The pivotal moment came from Tom Hopper’s header in the first half, establishing the distinction between the two teams at Blundell Park and enabling Colchester to overtake their hosts in the League Two standings.
Hurst, the former Ipswich Town boss, commented, “There was a lot of positivity after a Tuesday night, and the message to the players was obviously to maintain that, but there wasn’t really any positives to take. It was very disappointing, and I have no qualms about the result.”
He noted that Grimsby failed to secure a positive outcome and should have capitalized on scoring opportunities but somehow missed them, finding it harder not to score.
Hurst didn’t withhold praise for Colchester’s defensive performance and clean sheet but characterized the match as a generally poor and unimpressive League Two encounter with limited quality. He highlighted Grimsby’s struggles with winning second balls and viewed the game as scrappy with no significant flow.
He also criticized the team’s inability to win battles, particularly in situations where they had numerical advantages, and expressed disappointment in the performance of individual players. George Lloyd, in particular, was mentioned as struggling to make an impact.
In summary, Paul Hurst empathized with Ben Garner after the defeat and attributed the loss to the team’s overall underperformance and inability to win key battles in the match.