After his side’s 1-0 defeat at Gateshead, Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst revealed that he is hoping to be active before the transfer deadline passes at 11pm tonight.

Heed striker Danny Johnson’s second minute goal condemned the Mariners to only their fourth defeat of the season.

Hurst was down to his last sixteen available players for the trip to Tyneside and is hoping to boost his ranks on, what is expected to be, a busy final day of the transfer window.

“I would like to add a couple because today we were down to our last sixteen players.  Players have left and we haven’t really replaced them as yet.  Longer term, over the remainder of the season we need more numbers in and I can assure you it isn’t for a lack of effort.

It has proven a frustrating week for us where we have tried to bring players in and we will continue to try to do so”

Work is already underway with one deal, with Hurst confirming that the deal in question “looks a possibility before the deadline”, although the experience of working on deadline day deals is an unfamiliar one for the Mariners boss.

“We have one in progress, a player we are looking at and it looks a possiblilty before the deadline.  After him it is just a case of making calls, there will be last minute deals.

We don’t tend to get involved in that sort of thing normally but this deadline day I think we might have to”

Hurst then turned his attention to the Mariners defeat against Neil Aspin’s side, as he expressed his disappointment at their below-par performance.

He said “It is never nice to lose a game of football and I am just disappointed in the manner in which we lost it.  I don’t want to take anything away from Gateshead but they just did the basics better than we did.

Our body language didn’t look great, we were sluggish and there seemed to be a lack of drive.

We were second best but we were never really overrun.  That’s not us, we did improve second half but that wasn’t hard.

Days like today you have grind results out and we didn’t even look like doing that”

With Town going into the game high on confidence after an excellent run of form, Hurst was particularly disappointed to see them concede an early goal and he admitted that the effect on both his players, and their Gateshead counterparts, were clear to see.

“Second half we were better, we were on the front foot and drove forward.  There weren’t many clear-cut chances and it is something of a scalp for Gateshead given our recent form and where we are in the league.

It was a blow to concede early, it put us on the back foot and enthused Gateshead.  It gave them confidence.

We had to take a point at least today but credit to them for taking the points.  Having said that if you had said in August we would be at the end of January we would have only lost four times, we would have taken that.

I think when you aren’t used to being beat it hurts more when it happens, it comes as a surprise.  We just have to put it behind us and get back on track”

Interview: Mark Carruthers


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