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Bignot Remaining Positive After Draw

12 November 2016

NEW boss Marcus Bignot enjoyed his first game as an EFL manager in the 2-2 draw with Barnet at Blundell Park on Saturday afternoon, with the only downpoint to the day was his new side not being able to come away with all three points at the end of play.

Town went 2-0 up through a brace from Omar Bogle in the first half before a second period of much incident saw Barnet top scorer John Akinde score two penalties to level the game, the Bees go down to ten men after substitute Alie Sesay was given a straight red card and Bogle miss a spot kick of his own with only a couple of minutes of added time remaining.

Asked about the efforts of his players, Bignot said: ''I couldn't have asked for more to be honest and at the end of the game, the way the supporters showed their support to Omar is probably the moment of the game for me and what a song as well. We should make that into a record, it could be a hit.

''The whole day was absolutely superb, I'm being greedy but if that had have gone it it would've been a fairytale start to my managerial career. You said it had everything and it certainly did.''

Bignot also refused to comment too much on the referee's decision to give Barnet two penalties in the second half, perhaps refreshingly declaring that he'd rather stick to being a manager.

He said: ''We obviously went in at 2-0 but I thought they were getting into a few goalscoring opportunities first half if I'm being honest, just getting down the sides of us. 

''They didn't really get many chances from it but it was something we addressed at half time and then we came out after half time and people will talk about the decisions and referees.

''Hopefully, fingers crossed but I haven't spoken about referees in my managerial career and I'm not about to start now. They've got a tough job, I wouldn't like to be a referee, I'd rather be a manager to be honest so I'll stick to being a manager.''

A crowd of 5,519 turned out for Bignot's first league game at the helm, and the new Town boss was overwhelmed by the support he received upon seeing a packed Blundell Park for the first time.

He said: ''I got my family and friends in the managers office - I've never had one of them before, and then they're out there.

''You come from the outside and its kinda secluded from the High Street and the sea but when you get inside the ground and the size of it, they were overwhelmed by the size of the ground and the supporters in it. 

''It was a great occasion and as for the result, I wanna win football matches but I can't be too disappointed and I'm sure the supporters going home will be the same. We were positive throughout, we made substitutions and tried to go for it. It just would've been fairytale if we'd have got that late goal.''

Bignot and his Mariners side now have a week off before they make the long trip to top of the table Plymouth Argyle next Saturday, and after a whirlwind week that has seen him move from Solihull Moors and take charge of two games, he admits it will be pleasing for everything to calm down slightly. 

Asked if it will be nice for that to happen, he said: 'To be honest, yeah. It has been a week where obviously moving football clubs and everything that goes with that. Now I can't wait to get settled in and concentarate. 

''This week hasn't been ideal preparation for the game. I only came in Tuesday, we had the game Wednesday and I've worked them hard this week. 

''That was one of my concerns, that I'd probably overworked them this week because we've had Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and they came off the training pitch late yesterday but I thought we looked strong in the last 15 to 20 minutes so I was pleased with everything. The only blip was obviously the scoreline.''

Bignot also made sure to add that people shouldn't read too much into his first league starting lineup, which saw Ashley Chambers and Kayden Jackson coming into the side for Craig Disley and Scott Vernon in two changes from the FA Cup clash at Bolton Wanderers. 

He said: ''I'm inheriting a squad and it's a big squad. We left four to five players out today, and if my Maths serves me right, that's about 23 players. 

''For me to make an assessment on that, it's really difficult like I said with the time I've had so through this period, everyone's gonna get an opportunity for me to have a very good look at them and like I said, there's been no judgement made on any player so please do not read into my first eleven, please don't read into my bench, please don't read into the players I've left out. 

''I'm very much a manager that will look at teams and because we've got that variety in the squad, it's sometimes horses for courses.

''I've picked a bench today based on te opposition as well so I really do my due diligence on the opposition and pick my team and squad accordingly on how we can go and win a game of football.'' 

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

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