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FREEVIEW: Bignot Happy With Response

8 April 2017

Town boss Marcus Bignot was pleased with the response from his players after last week's 5-1 drubbing by Doncaster Rovers.

BOSS Marcus Bignot was pleased to bounce back from last week's defeat with a 3-1 victory over Blackpool on Saturday afternoon, and is now looking to gain some momentum in the last few games to take into next campaign. 

A first half goal from Danny Collins was cancelled out by an unfortunate Andrew Boyce own goal before a brace from Sam Jones saw the Mariners pick up an impressive victory on the road in front of a terrific away following. 

Speaking after the game, the Town boss said: ''It was a really good response after last week and credit to the players. 

''It was a tough one today mentally because obviously confidence was knocked last week after starting the game playing so well and then coming away with that scoreline so its been a long week but its certainly made it worth it for the travelling fans and I'm sure they're gonna have a lovely weekend in Blackpool.''

''If you look, they've lost two games since Christmas to Portsmouth and Luton, are going for the play-offs and have gone on an eight game unbeaten run so if you look at the stats it s quite frightening.

''So to come here against a team whose remit is to go up and to put in that performance and get that result is encouraging for the future.''

Town made one change to the side that lost to Doncaster Rovers last week, with Danny Collins coming into the side in place of Brandon Comley, and the Town boss believes that the only real negative from the day is that the side could have passed the ball better.

He said: ''We still had four at the back, four in midfield and two up front but Donny pose you different problems to Blackpool and I just felt we passed the ball better last week.

''If there was one negative today it will be that we could've passed the ball better but I get it mentally and with the confidence so I thought we played better last week but Donny got the goals at critical times and so did we. 

''We scored all four goals today and credit to the players because we got ourselves ahead like last week and then scored an own goal and confidence could've dropped.

''But for Andrew Boyce to go up the other end and have a major influence in getting us in at half time is an absolute credit to him and the team.

''We scored at important times, were resilient and we frustrated Blackpool.

''It gives us a super start because we want to end the season with some momentum so all the hard work and the lessons we've learnt hopefully goes in and we'll be better and stronger for it next season.

Bignot was also delighted to see January signing Sam Jones on the scoresheet once again, with his brace today taking his tally to 6 goals in 12 games for the club, and the Town boss believes that the former Gateshead man is showing why he was signed.

He said: '''It's no secret he was my number one along with Jamey Osbourne and Chris Clements because they give you something different.

''I just thought we needed to improve it technically and I think we have with those types of players so its onwards and upwards.

''We've got Friday and Monday games now so have to make sure we're right. What I wanna do is put things right for the home fans.

''I'm delighted for the away fans but I upset the supporters at home and I get that, respect that and will learn from it so hopefully, on Friday, we can give them another result so they can go home happy.'' 

Watch the gaffer's full post match interview at Bloomfield Road. 

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