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Bignot: Players Showed Character

2 January 2017

BOSS Marcus Bignot was delighted with Town's first game of 2017 on Monday afternoon as Town came away from Carlisle United with a 3-1 victory, and believes his players showed a lot of character in the way they went about things on the  day.

A brace from Omar Bogle and a debut goal from Adi Yussuf turned the game in Town's favour in the second half after going behind following Charlie Wyke's strike, as Town became the first team to beat second placed Carlisle at Brunton Park all season.

Speaking after the game, Bignot said: ''It wasn't bad, was it? I enjoyed it.

''I enjoyed watching the team today, we passed the ball a lot better today and looked a threat going forward as well. ''

The game saw a formation change for Town, with Andrew Boyce, Ben Davies, Craig Disley and Scott Vernon coming into the side and the team reverting to a 3-5-2 formation, and Bignot said that one of the qualities he wants from his side is to be able to adapt when needed.

He said: ''Listen, you know, this group's gotta be able to adapt to different systems.

''I haven't been in the job a long time but what you could see today was a credit to the players because we haven't worked on the system in terms of the time we've spent on the training field and in the classroom.

''I said today that the information they've taken in there will hopefully prove evident on days like today when you can't really train for it so credit to them, we threw a new system at them and they've come and beaten Carlisle who've been unbeaten all season at home.

''It wasn't a gamble, it's something we want to evolve in terms of the group being adaptable to play different systems to go and win football matches and that's what we're trying to do.''

Town went behind somewhat against the run of play in the first half before bouncing back, and Bignot believed that his side thoroughly deserved to get back into things in the fashion that they were able to do.

The Town boss said: ''It was a rubbish goal wasn't it, a disappointing goal in terms of where we've been for the last four games in temrs of not conceding from open play with us just being a little bit loose from a goal kick and they got a little bit of momentum after that goal.

''But credit to the boys, they came in a half time and were still in the game and I thought we thoroughly deserved the equaliser straight after half-time.

'''I said to them at half-time to keep going, it was probably the best we've played in terms of on the ball for a long while in terms of nice and composed ,controlled possession with progression and a purpose at times as well so I was gutted for the players coming in because their performance warranted not being behind.

''But you've seen the character of the players and the belief that they've got and credit to them again.

Bignot was also pleased with the impact of new signing Yussuf, who was on the pitch for ten minutes before scoring his first goal n the club, saying: '''For Omar, we just felt he needed some support there.

''Credit to Scott Vernon who's done a terrific hour for us and then to be able to bring on a player like Adi, I know how centre-halves will feel when he's coming on so no, it's nice to be able to bring players in to help us and certainly he's helped us today.

''If you look now, I've pretty much looked at every player bar Dan Jones, so have had a good look at how they're performing on the pitch and how they are around the place as well because I'm massive when it comes to characters.

''I could find a hundred players with ability but it's about those players who have got that character and desire and I think you saw that today.

''Not only did you see some good performances on the ball, you saw the character to win football matches and go on and be successful.''

Town now face another away trip when they head to Hartlepool United on Saturday afternoon. 

Watch the post match interview

And reaction from the Carlisle boss Keith Curle.

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