MARCUS Bignot faced the cameras at Cheapside this afternoon prior to the long trip down to Plymouth this Saturday. On the injury front, Bignot confirmed that Ben Davies remains sidelined with Sean McAllister, but the remainder of his squad is fit, healthy and available. Read what the manager had to say to the press this afternoon.
Assessment of his squad so far
"I've been happy. The honeymoon period is over now so it's really now time to get down to business and get to know the group. I thought we did a lot of things well on Saturday but not consistently enough, it was a typical team that was in transition with a new manager performance. There were loads of positives, but to do it on a consistent basis I think they went back to ways before, they'd go back to what we weren't working on in training. It was encouraging because if we can get them into good habits and how we want them to play and we really want to be positive on and off the ball but there's so much work to go on behind the scenes with that. It's going to take time but I thought it was a typical performance of a group that's in transition."
"It's as it was, credit is due to everybody connected to that, giving me the opportunity to pick a near enough full strength squad. I know we've got Ben Davies and Sean (McAllister) out and I think that's it. Josh Venney has been back in training so it's just those two out. They're coming along well, Ben's probably in the near future, at this moment in time, Dave Moore is doing a good job to get them out as quickly as possible to us but we won't rush them it's making sure they get back and they're back right."
On Plymouth's run of form and their threat
"They're a team that have got a lot of individual ability and that is probably why they are where they are at the moment in terms of their ability in particular in the forward areas. They've got 1 or 2 players that are up there in terms of the better players in this league if i'm being truthful. They can hurt you, that's the ability they possess. Seeing them play, in terms of their attacking players I can see why they are top of the table, but we will go there and we will work on their individual talents and how to stop them and we will see if they can stop us and our talent we possess because we have got an awful lot of talent in that group."
On the Reserve fixture in the week
"I was there and like I said, once it gets settled I want to be at academy games, reserve games and the lot. The performance again typified a team in transition. First half, a lot of good things a lot of things we could have done better. That second half was more like how we want our teams to play, on the front foot, wanting to win the ball back as high up and early as possible, when we're on it, looking to be exciting and positive and when we haven't got it, that organisation and that desire to get the ball back and I think we had that in abundance in the second half. it was really pleasing how that went, especially in the second half."
On Tom Bolarinwa's Performance
"Listen, hes a player who's got a huge amount of potential and talent. You ask anybody if you have that pace and power, even if you have an off day you only need one run." Bignot went on to joke that it was because of him that Tom managed to score his goals. "He scored his goals but if it wasn't for me he wouldn't have because one of his goals he was looking to come short on the half way line and I was scratching my head, so it was me who told him to get in behind, he ran in behind, got a 1 on 1 and scored so, it was down to me! He's got to understand, hes new and coming into the full time game, once he gets game understanding, i'm sure all defenders up and down will be scared of him."
On Town's upcoming run of fixtures
"So they keep telling me (tough run of fixtures)! I'll let you know after Saturday if it was a tough game or not! No, i'm really looking forward to it, it's a tough run and I believe we are playing 4 out of the 5 that are top but I just concentrate on Plymouth and then we look at the next fixture after that. I'll be going (to Plymouth) being really positive that we can get a really positive performance and if we get that, ultimately fingers crossed it can give you a positive result as well."
On the January Transfer Window
Honestly, i've not even looked that far, i've been getting to grips and getting to know these players. There's a reason why they are where they are, I'm going to give a good assessment of this group. There's a period we will look at a certain group and then another period, if they're impressing in training and in games and by the beginning of January, I believe I will have given everybody in this squad a fair crack at it. IF they are working hard and IF they're producing on the training field and if they make an impression and when they get an opportunity they take it. If they do that, come the end of January, there will be no player in that dressing room who doesn't feel they've had a fair opportunity so it's over to them. I'm a manager who's door is always open and every training session is an opportunity for them to impress me.
Tickets for Plymouth are available from the Blundell Park ticket office until Friday 18th November at 3pm. Tickets will then be available from the Plymouth Argyle stadium on the day.
Watch the pre match Press Conference on Mariners PlayerHD.