Marcus Bignot talks to the press ahead of the visit of the Chairboys.
Grimsby Town manager Marcus Bignot says his side will have to be more alert when they’re not in possession of the ball if they’re going to get a good result against Wycombe Wanders on Saturday.
At his press conference today, he said: “We’ve got to be on it off the ball and then get that balance right so we can cause them problems as well.”
But the gaffer insisted his side will be ready for the test as they aim to make it two wins on the bounce.
He said: “It’s going to be one almighty challenge because they’re no mugs and we’re going to have to be at our best and we’re going to find whatever way to go and get those three points.
“A win on Saturday would give us our 10 points from the five games, and that consistency – if we continue that then we’re in for an exciting end to the season.”
Bignot believes Saturday’s clash with 11th-placed Chairboys will present a different challenge to the one faced in the 1-0 win over Colchester United on Tuesday.
He said: “I expect it to be a little bit different to Tuesday night, but still have its challenges so it’ll be a different type of football game, and we’re going to have to stand up to it even more.
“We’ll do our jobs, we’ll do them well, make the least mistakes, we’ll get into those areas where we want and we’ll get those talented players, and if we can have those moments and capitalise on it, I’m sure we’ll be okay.”
The boss said he wants his players to put on a performance to get the supporters excited.
“We’ve got to generate the atmosphere ourselves. We’ve got to give the supporters something to get behind and the business end now, it’s all about winning football matches so whatever it takes, coming away on Saturday with three points is going to be massive and certainly something we’re desperate for,” he said.
Bignot joked about finding a way to stop Wycombe striker Adebayo Akinfenwa.
He said: “Back in my day it was Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks when I used to watch wrestling, but unfortunately they’re retired now, so it’s going to have to be the boys who we’ve got at the moment. We’ll find a way.”
But the manager admitted his side will need to keep the centre-forward quiet if they’re to be successful.
He said: “We’ve got to be aware of it and we’ll show the lads how to stop it, and if we do it’ll go some way in terms of us getting a positive result.
“He’s a threat and he’ll be one of the biggest threats in this league, without a shadow of a doubt, and they’re not shy in terms of using that, and rightly so.
“It’s probably underrated, just because of the size of him, how good he is on the floor. He’s a top player in this league, definitely.”
Bignot played alongside Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth at QPR and the Mariners gaffer believes the Chairboys will show their manager’s determination and character in their performance on Saturday.
He said: “Every Gaz Ainsworth team will be like him and they give 100 percent. They go above and beyond – they’ll be hard to beat, certainly, and they will throw a load of challenges and ask a load of questions of us on Saturday.
“If we can come away with three points on Saturday against this group, I’m going to be delighted because it isn’t going to be easy and we would have had to have worked hard for it.
“I’m looking forward to standing up to it and seeing if they can handle what we’re going to throw at them.”
Bignot admitted he has a lot of respect for his ex-teammate but there said there’ll be no friendship at 3pm on Saturday.
“He was top drawer as a player. Obviously we played on the same side – he just played ahead of me on the right-hand side and we had a great relationship on the pitch and off it.
“A true professional and a top man – I can’t speak highly enough of him, but come kick-off I’m not going to like him and I’m not going to speak to him,” he said.
Bignot went on to praise Town’s squad depth and balance going into the fixture.
He said: “Gavin Gunning is doing a great job for us in there. We wanted to bring in Luke Maxwell but he wasn’t available in time when we signed him. He had a little niggle so Gavin stepped in and hopefully we’ve found a consistency.
“He is a centre-half but we knew he had that utility and he was good enough to play in that position. But if we don’t go with a Gav, a Luke Maxwell profiling that physicality, that utility, and that left foot, that balance.
“So we’ve got a good balance to the squad in terms of what we want to do, and I thought Brandon Comley came on and gave us something different which was required on the day. I’m really pleased with the competition we’ve got.”
The boss also confirmed that Sean McAllister will be out of the Wycombe game due to injury.
“Sean McAllister has got a little niggle so he hasn’t been able to train at the back end of last week or the start of this week so we’re ruling him out until next Monday, so he’s in the capable hands of Dave Moore,” he said.