Highlights and reaction as abject Grimsby Town defeated 5-0 by Tranmere Rovers

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A first-half horror show on Merseyside saw Grimsby Town fall to an embarrassing 5-0 loss to Tranmere Rovers. James Vaughan’s brace, along with goals from Peter Clarke and Otis Khan, sidelined the Mariners with about an hour to go, before Paul Lewis belatedly worsened their misery.

Ian Holloway’s side returned to a somewhat more familiar look on their return to Ligue 2, with Owura Edwards starting after making his return from injury at Hull.

There was still room for a surprise, with Danny Preston named on the bench as Harry Clifton lined up to the left of the back four.

The hosts’ top scorer was in the thick of it from the start, with Vaughan presenting a great opportunity for Corey Blackett-Taylor’s ball from the left in the opening minutes, but he quelled his effort horribly by pulling comfortably on the bar.

He wouldn’t have to wait too long to get on the scoresheet – it was again Blackett-Taylor who was the provider, blasting the ball after blocking his own shot, with Vaughan in the middle of the box to head out of the post office.

The game calmed down for about 15 minutes, but the floodgates burst.

James McKeown managed to keep Clarke’s initial header out of a corner with a brilliant save, but the defender had Birkenhead’s freedom to come home unopposed for the second of the hosts.

Moments later, Danny Rose missed Blackett-Taylor, and needing no invitation to add to his already impressive record this season, Vaughan was right on the spot to make three.

Tranmere wasn’t made there however, and five minutes later Otis Khan avoided a few weak attempts by Town’s defenders on the edge of the box to take the ball away from him before looping the ball out of McKeown’s reach. , putting the game beyond. no doubt with more than 10 minutes to go in the first half.

Pleased with their lead, the hosts eased off a bit after the break, and were happy to kick the ball and let the Mariners chase the shadows.

Town eventually managed to fashion an on-target attempt, although that didn’t say much as Mattie Pollock couldn’t generate power to his head just past the hour mark.

Consolation had never seemed likely for the visitors, and their misery was well and truly compounded when substitute Paul Lewis’ superb late strike made it five for the hosts, leaving the besieged Mariners with even more questions.

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More soon

That’s all of us for now. We’ll bring you Ian Holloway’s full reaction shortly, along with more information on the news that Ludvig Ohman and Bilel Mohsni have left the club.

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I was not expecting it at all. I understand they had won four in a row and got the spirit going, but I thought we learned from what we had.

We had a new group ready to move forward, squeeze and collect the ball, but when we did, we gave it away. Absolutely appalling.

THE IMPORTANT EVENT

Mohsni and Ohman leave the club

Ian Holloway has confirmed that Bilel Mohsni and Ludvig Ohman have left the club after speaking to them yesterday.

It is likely that they will not be the last to leave either …

Ludvig Ohman and Bilel Mohsni have left Grimsby Town

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Reaction from Ian Holloway

The boss of the city gave his reaction to today’s 5-0 hammering …

I cannot defend this in any way. I asked them to be the first to everything, and I don’t think we were at all.

On top of that, we then gave it left, right, and center, and it’s probably the worst action I’ve ever taken.

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Full time

The arbitrator puts Town out of their misery.

An embarrassing defeat – we’ll get Ian Holloway’s reaction to you shortly …

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Break time

Three minutes added – three minutes too long …

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Lewis makes five

Substitute Paul Lewis offers a superb strike to put the icing on the cake for the hosts, and indeed kick Town while they’re down.

The good news is that there is only a minute of normal time left

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GOAL – Tranmere makes five

Another for the guests …

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Substitution

Two more changes for the hosts – James Vaughan will not get a hat-trick as he’s replaced by Morgan Ferrier, while Danny Lloyd replaces Otis Khan

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Yellow card for Holloway

Ian Holloway receives a yellow card for protesting too much in the canoe – not quite sure now is the time to get mad at the ref.

Soon after, Town’s free kick enters the area, but he jumps safely into Davies’ arms.

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Chance

Nice job from Clifton as he picks up the bouncing ball, beats a defender and has his shot blocked for a corner kick. Sadly, this is probably the highlight of the game for Town.

Local garbage for that matter.

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Substitutions

Tranmere makes a double change, with Woolery for Blackett-Taylor – who ran rings around Town today – and Lewis for Feeney.

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Yellow card

Luke Waterfall enters the book.

Moments later, Town wins a corner – Pollock does, but under pressure he can’t get any power over his head. It might be worth it for the Mariners to look at this as an example of how to defend a corner …

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Chasing shadows

McKeown shouts to his teammates “we’re not stopping”. I’m afraid it’s a bit late for that.

City are chasing the shadows for now, they just can’t get the ball off the hosts. They went to three backs, but it didn’t seem to make a difference

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Double substitution

Two final changes for Town as Max Wright and Sean Scannell advance, with Rose and Windsor exiting.

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Free kick

Feeney throws the ball from the left – he hangs up dangerously towards the far post, but there is no Tranmere player to meet him as he floats for a goal kick.

The hosts are in control, and Town can’t get out of his half

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Double substitution

Terry Taylor and Montel Gibson leave as Elliott Hewitt and Matt Green make their way onto the pitch

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Chance

A glimpse of the goal for Town – Windsor arrives at the ball before Davies and rounds the goalkeeper, the angle is too tight as he shoots wide.

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Hosts in control

Tranmere has seen a lot of the ball so far this half. Not really done anything with it, so again, they don’t really need it.

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Back to school

Tranmere gives us the kick-off in the second half

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Second half on the way

Town is making his way before the second half – they probably prefer to just get back on the bus right now.

Anyway, the second half is on its way if you can handle it …

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Half-time thoughts

Where do you start?

Absolutely appalling from Town in that first half. Tranmere was clinical with his chances, and they were helped by a fairly weak defense.

Vaughan and Blackett-Taylor ran the visitors to shreds – I’m hesitant to say things can only get better after this…

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Half time

The referee’s whistle is a welcome relief for Town.

Absolutely terrible.

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Chance

Edwards has a try after coming in from the left, but his effort is wide.

Just two minutes of downtime – the city would probably prefer zero …

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Substitution

City is in desperate need of a check – Danny Preston replaces George Williams

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Chance

The ball falls for Taylor on Williams’ free kick, but his effort is deflected and Tranmere manages the corner comfortably.

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GOAL – Four for Tranmere

It gets embarrassing – Otis Khan does four.

A few weak challenges on the edge of the box, and Yeovil’s former man curls the ball at home.

This game is beyond doubt now – it’s just a matter of how much really…

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City below and outside

Well, where to start?

The hosts double their lead as Clarke heads for goal from a corner, McKeown making a brilliant save to keep him clear, but the defender is free to come back on the rebound.

Moments later, Blackett-Taylor is knocked down by Danny Rose, and Vaughan is right on the spot for his second of the afternoon.

This could already be damage limitation …

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OBJECTIVE – Vaughan makes three

No Vaughan error from the penalty spot. Looking like a long afternoon …

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