MARCUS Bignot faced the media this afternoon prior to tomorrow's visit of Carlisle United, who currently sit second in Sky Bet League Two. The Mariners are set to be without Ben Davies and Sean McAllister, both of who continue their recovery from injury. Here is what the Manager had to say:
Not that i'm aware of, no. We are pretty much as we were again. So, long may that continue.
On changes to the squad
You are always contemplating. You are always looking at opposition, looking at your own performances so it's always one of those where you look at your starting 11, your bench and your system you're going to play so you're always looking into it.
On the quick fixture turnaround
It is what it is i think. Most games for us are long journeys away from home. Regards training, we've got to look into that in terms of loading on the players and those who have played and those that haven't and getting that balance right. We've had a good morning, i'm pleased and we will be ready to go tomorrow night.
On settling in
We've got so many good people at this football club who have made the transition so easy for me. In terms of settling, what I want and what I want to put in place, we are still a work in progress. There is still so much I want to do and there is just not enough time, but over a period of time we can start implementing more stuff that I want to bring in.
On the club staff
Believe it or not we had more staff where I came from! The staff here, they go above and beyond their call of duty, from the football staff to the club staff over at the football ground, to the academy. But listen, I have got a good group of players here and John Fenty can be happy with the group of employees he's got at this football club. At the final whistle, I apologised to some of them because some of those in the starting eleven, I haven't even had chance to sit down and get to know them! It literally has been a case of trying to get our information across on the training pitch, we haven't had that loving feeling at the moment, that one on one. I like to have that with my players in terms of letting them know how they're doing and what my plans are for them.
On Carlisle & their manager
They're second, a good footballing team, Keith has got them going. Come Tuesday night, it could be a tactical game because they are not set in their ways, they will play different systems within games and change so we've got to be prepared for that tactically. Yes it was a really good performance on Saturday, but i'm looking to go again and ask can we better that performance from Saturday? He (Keith Curle, Carlisle United manager) was a top drawer centre half and he's a good looking bloke isn't he so, he's got it all going for him hasn't he?!
On the GTFC Fans
They have a massive part to play. The first home game was an occasion I will never forget and that support at the final whistle was superb for one of our players. On the away support, again from start to finish, yes people talk about our performance on the pitch but that performance of the pitch from our supporters! We have just been having a giggle watching the analysis back and we saw the celebrations. A couple of supporters falling head over heals onto the touchline and that's what it's about, making the supporters go home, win lose or draw, put in the performance and hopefully making a lot of people happy.
On Sky Bet League Two
It's an unforgiving league. It probably looks rosy from the outside in terms of our position but trust me, we are not getting carried away with that. Yes it was a good performance on Saturday, we showed a lot of traits that are important into getting a result, but we still demand more from them. We will still want more and we will keep going until that final whistle of the season, wherever that may be, whatever position we will be in. We will demand hard work from now until the end of the season. I concentrate on our group. We have gone against top of the table and I can see why they are there. They have got some real match winners on their day, but I can see why we are where we are, because we are not a bad group either!
You can catch the full pre-match press conference over on Mariners PlayerHD later this evening.
Tickets for our fixture vs. Carlisle can be purchased online HERE