MY PLAYERS AREN'T GOOD ENOUGH - LAWRENCE
By Stephen Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Mariners have taken just two points from the last 29 on offer and, in spite of the fact that he is operating under the tightest budget in the First Divison, fans are growing impatient.
It could even be argued that the former Luton boss has been a victim of his own success after leading the club to the summit of the First Division at one point, also masterminding a dramatic victory over Champions League contenders Liverpool in the Worthington Cup.
But a run that has seen The Mariners slide to five successive defeats - conceding 13 goals in the process - has led to some sections of the Blundell Park faithful calling for his head.
Yet Lawrence is adamant that he is not to blame for the slump, arguing instead that it is his players who are not up to the job.
"I have two or three players who are just not good enough to play at this level, but I have no other option but to play them until I get new players or players back from injury.
"I cannot play them in their usual position because they are not good enough, so I have to rearrange others to protect them."
Grimsby were never in the game against City, and Lawrence admitted that he is currently engaged in a damage limitation exercise.
"I have to put them in positions where they will do the least harm and that means other players get shuffled around.
"That is a big problem."
So far during his tenure on the south bank of the Humber, Lawrence has led Grimsby to 21 wins as opposed to 29 defeats, although he did successfully defy the odds in fighting a successful campaign against relegation last term.