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Bignot: I'm Delighted For Macca

4 February 2017

BOSS Marcus Bignot was delighted for James McKeown after his last minute penalty save secured a point in the 1-1 draw with Luton Town on Saturday afternoon, and believes his players deserved to get something out of the game with their performance.

Midfielder Chris Clement's header was cancelled out by a equaliser from Kyle Vassell before the Hatters were awarded a penalty in the very last minute of the game which the returning McKeown kept out, and speaking afterwards, the Town boss said: ''Two penalties have probably highlighted this football club and what the supporters are all about.

''My first home game against Barnet, Omar blazes over the bar and I talk about the support he got that day and then again today, the support the fans gave Macca prior to coming out and during the game was befitting of the day and the occasion and what great supporters we've got.

McKeown's return to the side was one of five changes for Town from the loss to Stevenage, with defender Gavin Gunning and striker Calum Dyson coming into the side to make their full debuts for the club along with Ben Davies and Adi Yussuf, and Bignot was pleased with what he saw from his new side and the partnership between Everton loanee Dyson and strike partner Yussuf in particular.

He said: ''The result was really more important than the performance but I wanna make the supportes go home and be happy happy and I've got a feeling that they've gone home happy today even though we haven't won because what they would've saw out there today was hard work, like they are when they go to work Monday to Friday and even Saturday.

''They pay their hard earned money to come and watch, so they saw hard work and desire in abundance with people blocking shots and putting their body on the line.

''They want to be excited and I really got excited about that front pairing, it was old fashioned and those centre halves knew they were in a game today and you saw a moment of quality as well which we're always trying to get in terms of we wanna be positive..

''I would've been really disappointed if we hadn't have gotten anything because I honestly believe we deserved at least a point today and I'm a tad disappointed we didn't get three but what a story to be told today.''

Asked how he thought the signings he made in the January transfer window did on the day, Bignot said: ''I was really pleased for Gavin (Gunning), I think you can see that while I brought him in to defend, you've seen how we wanna evolve and what he can bring to the team on the ball.

''I was delighted with Clem (Chris Clements), getting his goal as a midfielder getting into the box was good to see and I thought Jamey (Osborne) always had moments of playing on a different level compared to a lot of midfielders today.

''As for the front two, it was a good old fashioned front two pairing like I said and they've only had one real training session together really so I'm looking forward to seeing how they're gonna develop.''

Bignot was pleased to get a result after a week that saw the club lose top scorer Omar Bogle on deadline day before Dean Henderson was recalled by Manchester United earlier in the week, saying: ''The window was looking a superb one until about 10:45pm and all of a sudden we lose Omar but I said we'd occupy more centre halves with the way we're gonna go and we've certainly done that today.

''I've said all along that I wanted Macca and Deano here competing and with the way Macca's traned and remained focused, credit to him and he's got his rewards today.

Watch the full post-match press conference below.

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