Bolland targets 200
Grimsby midfielder looks past 100 appearances
By James Evans. Last Updated: September 17, 2007 5:36pm
Bolland: Looking to 200
Grimsby midfielder Paul Bolland made his 100th appearance for the club at the weekend and is already looking to make it 200, starting this weekend against Lincoln City.
The 27-year-old celebrated his ton with a goal as Grimsby continued their climb with a home draw against mid-table Stockport County.
This week the Mariners can leapfrog Lincoln in the table if they can secure three points at Sincil Bank, and Bolland will be looking to score another.
He told skysports.com: "Personally, I am happy with a goal - but we need to stay confident, stay together and look to build towards Lincoln."
A win would have been the icing on the cake for Bolland, but the fact that Grimsby are proving hard to beat is pleasing for the former Notts County man.
He said: "It would have been extra special to have got a win. It was nice to get a goal on my 100th appearance but the team is more important. If the team had got three points I would have been over the moon but it wasn't to be.
"I thought it was an improved performance. After last week we needed to react and there was a bit of a reaction.
"We didn't get the three points which we desperately wanted, but the effort and commitment of the lads couldn't be questioned."
The improved performance of Grimsby's defence following the 4-1 defeat to Accrington Stanley last week pleased Bolland and if they can find their goalscoring touch he feels a run of good of form is just around the corner.
He added: "I thought the back four were magnificent. We pushed, we pressed and we tried to nick a winner in the second-half.
"There was a scramble in the last couple of minutes but it wasn't to be. We are just not getting that little bit of luck that we need at the moment."