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Blackpool Press Conference

30 December 2016

Here's a run-down of what happened at Thursday's press conference.

Grimsby Town boss Marcus Bignot is expecting a tough game against one of the league’s promotion favourites this Saturday.

At his press conference today, the manager told us the match with eighth-placed Blackpool will be an indicator of where his team is, in terms of progression.

“I expect them to come and play their brand of football and they’ll be one of those teams who’ll be expected to get promotion out of this league and it’s an opportunity for us to learn and see how close we’re getting.”

The manager said the last three sides Town have faced have had a higher standard of ability, and he feels Blackpool will be no different.

“They’re in that group of teams where you look at them technically and they’re very good individually,” he said.

Bignot said the Tangerines will be dangerous in attacking areas and that they have strength in depth so it will be a big challenge.

“A lot of pace and ability up there, so strength and power. They’ve got options that mirror that coming off the bench as well so going forward they’re certainly a threat.”

He’s also made a plea to his squad to put on a good performance to reward the fans.

He said: “The players have a massive part to play to make sure the crowd get right behind them and stick with them.”

And the manager admitted the result was better than the performance on Monday against Accrington, but he was pleased with a clean sheet and is keen to replicate that on Saturday.

“The result was the all-important over the performance. The performance never matched the result in terms of how we wanted to go about things but the last three games we were showing signs of clean sheets.

“We’d only been done by two free-kicks over the course of the two games prior so we were due a clean sheet.”

He also revealed his relief at wingers Tom Bolarinwa and Ashley Chambers getting on the scoresheet.

“Stats normally say when Omar doesn’t score we generally don’t win football matches so I’m pleased to say we got the clean sheet and, I’ll only ever say this once, Omar never scored and we won.”
Zak Mills was back in training today after being side-lined for the victory against Accrington Stanley and the boss is hopeful he’ll be fully fit for the weekend.

“We had a decision to make, regards Monday just gone, but with two games in three days and the return to fitness of Ben Davies it was an opportunity just to give Zak a little bit more recovery time.

“And I’m pleased to say it looks like that’s paid off and he’s trained fully today, and hopefully he’ll get through tomorrow and then he’ll be available for the weekend.”

Tom Bolarinwa didn’t train today after he received a knock in the Accrington game but Bignot says the winger will be back for Saturday.

“Just precautionary. He’s come from non-league and obviously never started the season but he’s found himself a run of games now and obviously physically and mentally that will catch up, but more physically for him.

“He’s under the gentle hands of our Mooro (Dave Moore).”

The squad trained at Blundell Park today after the Cheapside pitches were frozen and the manager has said he now wants to do regular sessions at the stadium.

“It was a problem and we found a solution, which was good. I’d like to get over there at least once every couple of weeks. 

“I think it’s very beneficial training on your main pitch from time to time, so although it was a problem we found a solution and it’s something we’ve looked into and spoken about when we first came in.”

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