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Huddersfield 0 Grimsby 0
By: Richard Lord
A spirited performance by Grimsby Town earned the Mariners a valuable point tonight as they held Huddersfield Town 0-0 at the McAlpine Stadium. In a game where the result was more important than the performance, Lennie Lawrence must be pleased with the outcome.
It was a game in which both sides could not afford to lose, and it showed as neither keeper was required to make a save during the course of the fixture.
After Saturday's poor performance, Grimsby fought back and showed sheer grit and determination to collect their first scoreless draw of the season.
In a game which was far from a classic, and where both defences dominated, the Mariners were able to carve out a superb chance made by Daryl Clare in the second half. After bursting through into the area the 22-year old striker rounded the keeper, but a Huddersfield defender got back to clear Clare's shot off the line.
The game signalled a return for both the Jersey-born forward and also Peter Handyside at the back. A small following of Town fans made the journey into West Yorkshire to witness a result Lennie Lawrence will be more than happy with.
Towards the end Grimsby were made to sweat as the Terriers piled on the pressure, but the Grimsby defence rode the storm and held out for one of the most important away results of the season.
Grimsby will now look to build on tonight's encouraging display when they entertain Wolves on Saturday.
"It was a game of few chances but the most important thing for us was to keep them three points behind us," said Grimsby manager Lennie Lawrence after the game. "They were marginally the better side. We had a few flutters but otherwise we held them quite well."
Grimsby Town: Coyne, McDermott, Handyside, Groves, Gallimore, Butterfield, Burnett, Willems, Campbell, Donovan, Clare (Allen 86)
Subs not used: Croudson, Enhua, Pouton, Black
Huddersfield: Vaesen, Armstrong, Dyson, Jenkins, Lucketti, Irons, Gorre, Baldry, Facey, Smith, Gallen (Thornley 90)
Subs not used: Margetson, Gray, Heary, Moses
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