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MATCH REACTION: The Town Boss After The Doncaster Rovers Defeat

1 April 2017

TOWN boss Marcus Bignot faced the media after the 5-1 mauling at the hands of promotion chasing Doncaster Rovers this afternoon.

He said: "I thought we started really well and were really positive. There were a lot of encouraging signs.

"We got ourselves ahead, which was a real bonus, but within a few minutes, we were 2-1 down going into half-time. If we'd held out for that period, then, certainly, the second half would have been a different story to how it ended.

"You ask Darren Ferguson how well we started. You ask him how many problems we caused them early on. Twelve months ago we were in the National League – they were in League One.

"We started well and got in front and if we could have held out to half-time, I guarantee we would not have been having this conversation. But we didn't and now we are having that discussion."

He was reminded that once his side go a goal down they don't seem to have the ability to come back . . . 

"We've just got to get that belief, if we do, we will go onto score goals," he said. 
 
"I think there's been a knock-on effect losing Omar, with that mindset. We've certainly got to be mentally stronger."

Asked about his team selection today, he said: "I could have easily have gone back to the tried and trusted Shaun Pearson and Dan Collins, and that would be out there to discuss and have an opinion on that. If I play Shaun between now and the end of the season, I know what Shaun is going to give us. Dan Collins, we tried to sign and extension, he's only here until the end of the season. So ultimately we've got a player who is out of contract. 

"I could have gone with the tried and trusted, but we've got a centre half (Andrew Boyce) who hasn't played - he's only played last week in his position (right-sided centre half), and he's under contract for next year.  And we've got Gavin Gunning who has come to the club and only played in his position last week also.  The four centre-halves we've got, technically we've got three out of contract and one in. Rightly or wrongly - was this the game to have a look at them? We are only ever going to learn in a League Two fixture. 

"Twelve months ago we were in the National League and Doncaster were in League One. We've started the game really well and got ourselves ahead, if we had held out I don't think we would have been having this conversation.  But we haven't and there's a reason why we haven't.  Is that when we go behind we haven't got that mentality or belief to get back in a game? That could be a knock-on effect of where are our goals going to come from.  You look at the second half and we've conceded from two corners. We've conceded off two corners and two break aways.  Doncaster are ruthless, they are going to punish you." 

In closing, Marcus added: "I won't hide away from my responsibility. Hopefully I've answered your questions  openly and honestly.  I'm out there to be shot at. At least you're getting a manager who is open and honest. Doncaster's remit is to go straight back up, our remit, I don't believe is to go straight up the divisions.  I haven't been told that's my remit and we've achieved what we have.  It's disappointing. I totally agree.  I don't like losing football matches and I don't like losing by that margin.  That's the mentality. That's the level and that's the gap."

Watch all of the post match press conference.   

  


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