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FREEVIEW: Post Blackpool Press Conference

31 December 2016

All 16 minutes of the New Year's Eve Press Conference

BOSS Marcus Bignot is now aiming to take his squad further and to evolve after the club's final game of 2016 ended in a goalless draw against Blackpool at Blundell Park.

A game of few chances saw both teams share the spoils on New Years Eve, and Bignot is pleased with the organisation that his side have shown over his short time at the helm but admits that he will be looking to add new faces to take his team to the next level.

Speaking after the game, he said: ''Listen, I'm happy with things overall in terms of where we are and where we're going.

''I think there can be a lot of psoitives to be taken with two clean sheets ina row and two games unbeaten now.

''If you look at this run of games, we've come a long way in terms of organisation and in where we wanna get to.

''I'm sure everyone can see how we want to evolve and with the window opening now, I'm certain that we'll be busy hopefully trying to bring players in to help us evolve because certainly there's a base and a structure there to build upon.

''For me, possession starts from the back and defending starts at the front so it would be easy to give plaudits to the defenders and the keeper for clean sheets.

'But certainly for me, clean sheets start at the front and likewise, you're talking about limited chances up top but that starts from the back with me because we can still play a lot more and by playing a lot more, you can get into a lot more goalscoring opportunities and hopefully create more chances.

''I've said all along that they've given us everything and what we're missing, we haven't got it in the group or sorry, I said all along that there would be one or two that would be like new signings and someone today I felt was like a new signing was Dom Vose.''

Bignot managed to bring in his first signing at the club earlier in the day after Mansfield Town forward Adi Yussuf agreed to join the club on an 18-month deal, and he admits that he has been tracking the 24-year-old for some time.

He said: ''I'm really excited. For me, I've been trackin Adi from his time at Burton to be honest and my time at Solihull where we always felt that there might be an opportunity to go to that level above and certainly, during his time at Oxford City in my last season with Omar, it was those two that were head and shoulders the two best centre forwards at the league in that time and everybody was watching them.

''Omar went on to Grimsby which was then the National League and Adi went on to Mansfield so he got his move to the Football League but for me sometimes, and it's like me as a manager, it had to be the right club and right board and I just feel now that Adi's come in to the right club with the right staff.

''More importantly, we know him, Mickey's worked with him as well during his time at Burton and I've always wanted to work wih him and I'm now glad I've got the opportunity to work with him and Omar.''

''He played against us earlier in the season and played very well, the bugger but no, he's certainly gonna help us in the to end and like I said, there's a lot of onus on getting him nin and getting Dom Vose in and we've still got or one two bits more business to do and hopefully we'll see more goalscoring opportunities and chances created, what I crave for.''  

Bignot feels that the side he has inherited are a work in progress, but feels that he is starting to get his ideas across as the year comes to a close.
He said: ''We're a work in progress and I was listening to the manager at Blackpool and he was talking about how he's only had 23 games with them and we've had eight so it's gonna take time but for me, I was like an emotional wreck when I came in for the first couple of games but I can see what they want to do now and where we want to get to.

''I'm in a calmer place now and hopefully we can get one or two across the line that will really help us. All supporters wathat's jusnna love those players who can get bums off seats and that;s just what's missing at the moment. We've got one or two who can but we need to bring in a couple more to help us and I'm certain that we'll then be at a stage where I'll be happy and we'll get that creativity.''

Town's next game, their first of 2017, will now see them head to second placed Carlisle United on Monday afternoon (3pm).


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