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Bignot Proud Of Performance In Difficult Circumstances

14 February 2017

BOSS Marcus Bignot was proud that his players managed to put Saturday behind them in difficult circumstances in the goalless draw with Newport County on Tuesday night.

A game of few chances saw both teams share the spoils at Rodney Parade, and speaking after the game, the Town boss said: '''First of all, it was an absolutely superb response because our pride was hurting from Saturday.

''For those 200 supporters who have come on a Tuesday night, I feared the worst and didn't think we'd get any after Saturday but to get that away following, I'm absolutely touched by the supporters and touched by the players in terms of they've put in today.

''It was an absolutely momentous effort on a football pitch with no service for football. It shouldn't be allowed.''

Asked if he would have taken a point before the game, Bignot said: ''In the circumstances, yes. To come away from Saturday, to make five changes and to change shape and bring in physicality. We had to make changes like that to adapt to a situation and everyone could've seen that today.

''The pitch doesn't make it a football spectacle but we won our header and our tackles and it was pleasing.

''I left all our footballers out today and brought in physicality and it paid off.

''I've wanted to bring physicality into the group as well as the technical side as well and for the first time today was able to do that.

''Obviously we've still got Luke Maxwell to come in as well, and he will be joining in training on Thursday so that's welcome news and great for us.

''If we've got any aspirations, we've got to take this poit and the goal is to try and be in and around it. We want to be within six points come the end of the month and then it'll really be game on.

''For the belief and the confidence, we want to be in and around the play-offs.

Bignot made no secret of the fact that he picked his side to deal with the physical threat of the Exiles and the difficult Rodney Parade pitch, using a new system of 4-3-3 on the night, and believes that the system paid off in the end.

He said: ''Listen, we just wanted to apply pressure on their back three and we used that with Tom Bolarinwa, Callum Dyson and Akwasi Asante. We didn't want them to be able to get that ball from back to front with any quality then.

''We then had that physicality and we had what I call second ball midfielders in the midfield and then we picked a big back four.

''They've got long throws and set up from any free kicks in their half so we picked a big back four, a physical midfield and then pace and pressure up top to help us win it back as high up the pitch as possible.

Captain Craig Disley came in as one of five changes from the side that lost to Crewe at the weekend, and while the manager admitted that he hasn't yet been able to offer the 36-year-old skipper anything beyond this season, he reiterated that Dis is in his plans.

''You know, like I said, Dis for me is part of our plans and no matter what happened on Saturday, he was always playing in this game because it suited him down to the ground.

'He used his experience and picked up the second balls, won his headers and won his tackles so I'm absolutely delighted for the Skip.

''We've been up front and honest; we can't at this time commit at this moment with him but he will be here as long as he wants and like I said the shop's shut and nobody's going anywhere so that would be my message.

''But like I said, we owe him the respect and I just wanna concentrate on him eing here till the end of the season.

''We'll cross that bridge come the end of the season but for me I'm absolutely delighted with him.

''I don't want him to go anywhere but if if an opportunity arises and if feels its right for him, I will respect that decision but he will be hearing from me, I do not want him to go.

''He'll be delighted with his performance today, I'm delighted with his performance today and everyone at the club will be delighted with him.''

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