Paul Hurst believes Bolton Wanderers are the best team in League Two and will gain promotion this season but believes they could not cope with what Grimsby Town threw at them.
Wanderers suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of Grimsby Town yesterday afternoon at Blundell Park.
The Whites went behind inside the first minute thanks to Jay Matete's strike and Wanderers goalkeeper Matt Gilks made a string of saves to keep the deficit at just one, while Bolton missed opportunities at the other end of the pitch.
Substitute Ira Jackson Jnr came off the bench to score Grimsby's second, before Wanderers eventually got on the scoresheet in stoppage time thanks to Shaun Miller who halved the deficit, but it could not prevent defeat.
For the Mariners, they remain seven points off safety but have kept alive their hopes of playing in League Two next season.
And Hurst believes that though Ian Evatt's side are the best team in the division in his eyes, he believes Wanderers could not cope with what was thrown at them by Grimsby.
Hurst said: "It’s a great win for us. It keeps us in the fight. It was well-deserved and could have been a lot more. I was disappointed to concede at the end, as you always are.
"But the main thing is we got the three points.
"Don’t get me wrong, Macca (James McKeown) has made a couple of good saves – they would expect to be on the scoresheet, but I think we had more chances.
"I’ve just looked at some stats, they were good chances a lot of them. You start to think, is it going to be our day? Is it going to come back to bite?
"For me, they are probably the best team in the league and I’m sure they will go on and get promoted, but today I just don’t think they could cope with a lot of what we threw at them.
"I don’t think we have created as many chances as that in a game this season.
"We looked a threat while also keeping a good shape to the team, against a good side that work you and look to play the ball – right from the goalkeeper.
"We went in with a plan and, thankfully, it worked for us today.
"That’s one where you stand on the touchline and say to the bench; I think we scored a bit early there! It was a great start and, if the players needed any belief, it instantly gives that to them."