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Pre Colchester Press Conference

27 February 2017

Marcus Bignot's thoughts ahead of the visit of Colchester United on Tuesday night.

Grimsby Town manager Marcus Bignot believes tomorrow’s clash with Wycombe Wanderers will be a huge challenge as the Mariners look to extend their unbeaten home run to four games.

He said: “It’s going to be a tough game. They’ve actually found a consistency in terms of to occupy a play-off spot as we stand now, and that’s something we’re looking to try and achieve – that consistency.

“It looks like we’ve kind of flipped our form around, in terms of the home form’s good now – I think in the last three it’s two wins and a draw, and not so good on the road. 

“So let’s hope that home form continues into these next two games, and then we’ll address the away form in our next fixture.”

And the gaffer admitted he’s hoping Town can get themselves into a similar position of the seventh-placed U's in the near future.

“They’re certainly occupying a position in the league which we want to aspire to, so six points off – it kind of resembles Mansfield again where we can go within three points of it with a win so it’s important.

“And you can see how much that three points will do to us, in terms of closing the gap on a team like Colchester,” he said.

Bignot also revealed there could be a few changes in personnel following his side’s narrow 1-0 defeat to Morecambe on Saturday. 

He said: “There’ll be a couple of changes on the bench to allow us to be in a better position to go and win the game.”

With just 13 games left to play and the Mariners sitting in 14th, Bignot admitted he’s pleased with the team’s performance so far in the club’s first season back in the Football League.

“We’re six points off 50 and we’re just entering the start of March. I think people’s remit at the start of the season would’ve been staying up in this league. 

“All the disappointment about the other end of the table is great in a way, because we’re certainly ticking the boxes in terms of what the protocol was in a long-awaited return into the Football League.

“I’ve got to bring the realism and make sure as a football club we don’t get too carried away. 

“And yes, while we’ve still got a possibility of achieving something great, staying in this league – and in the manner in which we have at this moment in time – can only be looked upon as a pat on the back for everyone involved,” he said.

But he was keen to point out room for improvement for the Mariners.

He said: “We’ve got to get into more goal-scoring opportunities – we need to create more chances from that, and we need to hit the target more.”

Bignot also said there were no new knocks suffered in Saturday’s game but revealed midfielder Dominic Vose could be set for a return this week.

“The season’s running out now – we’re into the business end, and it would’ve been great to have had him (Dominic Vose) for the past two weeks but he’s one I’m looking to bring into the fray for tomorrow and Saturday,” he said.
The gaffer also said contract talks with players are continuing to progress.

He said: “That’s with the board now and the players’ agents so certainly from myself, the board, and the players, we all know what we want and where we’re going with that, and it’s up to the powers that be now to get those negotiations over the line.”

Tickets are still available for Town’s clash with Colchester United tomorrow night (7.45pm)

Watch the pre match presser.

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