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Bignot: We Showed A Different Side Today

7 January 2017

BOSS Marcus Bignot was delighted with the 1-0 victory at Hartlepool United on Saturday afternoon, and believes that grinding out the victory showed that there is a different side to his players.

A second goal in two games from striker Adi Yussuf was the difference at Victoria Park and speaking after the game, Bignot said: ''It was a different type of game to go and win a football match.

''It certainly was backs to the wall second half and like we’ve said in the huddle that it was ugly but sometimes you have to go with an ugly one, don’t you.

''Like I said we showed a different side to us today. They dominated possession but we showed a organisation and a structure and character again and that’s gonna be massive going forward.

''You can go and find ability but to have the right characters is important and you saw that today. ''

Bignot doesn’t believe it was vintage performance from his side, but that the group are showing the good qualities that they do bring to the table over the last few games.

The Town boss said: ‘’Overall we were disappointing in terms of on the ball but like I said, we’re evolving and we want be better so I’m not gonna get too frustrated because I know where we are as a group and where we need to go.

''That’s why we’re trying to be busy, to try and help the group but in the meantime we can’t go away from what we’re good at and we’ve certainly showed a lot of things that we’re good at to get 10 points from four games.''

Adi Yussuf’s impact is also something that delighted to the Town boss, and he is impressed with what he has seen from the new signing so far.

''I said to him when he first came, you’re really gonna love playing at this football club and playing in front of these supporters.

''I feel it’s easy to play for them because all they wanna see is hard work, endeavour and for someone to go and excite them.

''It was pleasing to see him score and again we’ve got to go away from being so reliant on Omar because the tendency in the past is that if doesn’t score we don’t win football matches.

''So that’s another positive and also another negative because I want Omar to score every game but it was good to have someone else and Adi looks like he’s always gonna score goals for me.’’

The Town boss was also full of praise once again for the nearly 1,000 strong Town following that made the trip, saying: ‘’Going back to what I said to Adi, I just spoke to Dis after the game andsaid that these supporters are a joke. They were superb after the game and they’ve always been like that.

‘’I was telling Adi you’re gonna be excited and I’m excited and extremely proud to be manager of this football club with that kind of support.’’

When it comes to the rest ofthe transfer window, Bignot did reveal that he is hoping to bring in some more faces to add to the arrivals of Yussuf and defender Gavin Gunning if he can, whilst he is also hoping to extend Brandon Comley’s loan, with Saturday's game the last of the QPR midfielder’s initial loan spell.

Asked if it would be Comley’s last game, he said: ''I don’t think so but until everything is sorted, he’s due to go back this week.

''We’re in conversation with the football club, it’s hopefully gonna be another positive week on the pitch and off the pitch with the players we’ve been able to bring in.

''We’ve done good, shrewd business because we are restricted in terms of budget but any player coming to this football club, and you talk about the supporters, they’re a great selling point if you look at the away travel and the home support we get.

''Hopefully, we’ll eventually sit down and get to talk to the players coming in and that’ll definitely be one of the selling points.

''We’ve got targets which will hopefully come in and improve the club and we’re working on them but there comes a point when you’ve got to draw a line and move on so our recruitment and our development is very important to us but I’ve got a talented group here already.

''There’s Gavin Gunning that will be joining us this week so he’ll eally help the group as well, and I think there’s a lot a lot of lessons can be learnt about Harlepool today and the way they played because that’s the level we aim to get to in terms of being on the ball.’’

Watch Marcus' post match interview, and an exclusive with former Town frontman Padraig Amond. 


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