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Bignot: An Important Result

26 December 2016

BOSS Marcus Bignot was pleased to pick up his first three points at Blundell Park since taking over in the 2-0 victory over Accrington Stanley on Boxing Day, and believes that the result was the most important thing on the day.

Goals from Tom Bolarinwa and Ashley Chambers were the difference on the day as Town picked up their first home win since September to give Mariners fans some festive cheer.

Speaking after the game, Bignot said: ''Yeah, I've said now in the week and the buildup to the game that the result was more important than the performance but I think over these last couple of weeks, we were due a clean sheet. I thought we were unfortunate in the last couple of games to concede from two free-kicks so we were due a clean sheet and we've took our goals to be fair, Tom and Ashley have taken their goals really well today.

''I'm a great believer in the harder the work the luckier you get. We wanted to press them a bit higher and be a bit more aggressive and yes it did slip, but we had Tom high enough up the pitch to capitalise on their mistake.

''Tom scoring that goal probably summed up the performance because you know, Tom at times looked a world beater and then at other times it was frustration so credit to him and all the players today.

''What I mean by giving me everything they've got is they keep continuing to do it if it doesn't come off. At times it doesn't and I can understand the frustration but they perservered and got their rewards in the end.''

The Town boss was also pleased that two new goalscorers managed to get on the scoresheet, with the side relying heavily on top scorer Omar Bogle's goals so far this campaign.

He said: ''Who needs Omar? (laughs) No, listen, there's no secret that if Omar doesn't score then you probably don't win games.

''That's the stats and that will present probems going forward so we're trying to work on not being so reliant and getting goals from other areas. That was a massive positive today.''

On loan Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson came in to make his league debut for the club and the Town boss was pleased with the 19-year-old's contribution in between the sticks.

Bignot said: ''Like I said, I think we were due a clean sheet but to be fair, there was a moment - and you look at moments because I look at keeper's concentration levels because to be fair, he didn't have particularly much to do - but there was a moment second half where they had a shot and his reaction with his legs was superb.

''So he'll be really pleased with his performance but like I said, overall, we were due a clean sheet.

''For me now, I'm getting a gauge of where I wanna go and who I wanna move forward with so that'll be oncoming. Today, I really just wanna concentrate on the game and we've not won at home for a long while I believe so what a nice Boxing Day, we can all go home and have some turkey again but at least it'll taste a bit nicer and sweeter with three points.''

Asked how important getting a victory today was after three straight defeats, the Town boss said: ''It was important because you can install as much confidence as you can but at the end of the day, results breed confidence.

''You can go on runs of games and play like today and because you're on those run of games, it feels different whereas today, I could see...I wouldn't say anxiety creep in because that would be the wrong word to use but you could see situations where that may occur.

''So like I said, these two home games were really important to us and if we can back this result up again, we'll be going into New Year in a really strong position.''  

MB: Bids for 2 players have been turned down. That's the negotiation period though. Will revisit this week. #GTFC

— Grimsby Town FC (@officialgtfc) December 26, 2016

Watch Marcus Bignot's full post-match press conference below. 


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