Big­not happy ‘to go with ugly one’

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Thomas Han­nah

GRIMSBY’S up­turn in for­tunes un­der Mar­cus Big­not con­tin­ued as they ground out a sin­gle-goal vic­tory.

The win at Hartle­pool, courtesy of Adi Yus­suf ’s first-half fin­ish, made it ten points from 12 and comes on the back of a fine away re­sult at Carlisle United.

The Mariners had to show some real de­fen­sive or­gan­i­sa­tion to keep out Pools, who dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion but lacked a killer in­stinct in front of goal.

“It was hard fought, a dif­fer­ent way to win a foot­ball match,’’ said Big­not.

“It was backs to the wall and we’ve said it was ugly and some­times you have go with an ugly one. I was happy to see it through.

“All jok­ing apart, we showed a dif­fer­ent side to us. They dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion, but we had an or­gan­i­sa­tion and struc­ture and char­ac­ter, which is go­ing to be mas­sive mov­ing for­ward.

“Over­all we were dis­ap­point­ing on the ball. We are evolv­ing and want to be bet­ter in pos­ses­sion, but I won’t get too frus­trated be­cause I know how we want to de­velop.

“We showed a lot of things we are good at with ten points from 12 now.’’

Pools had the game’s first chance on five min­utes as Sean Ka­vanagh, signed on loan from Ful­ham, rolled a pass across the six-yard box, just out of reach of Billy Payn­ter.

The home side should have had a penalty on 17 min­utes when Omar Bogle han­dled in the area, but ref­eree Dar­ren Drys­dale ig­nored ap­peals.

Padraig Amond, who net­ted 39 times for the Mariners last sea­son be­fore sign­ing for Pools, struck an early vol­ley, but im­pres­sive keeper Dean Hen­der­son saved well.

Yus­suf, signed last week from Mans­field, net­ted on 35 min­utes as he latched onto a slid­erule pass and fin­ished into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Pools had plenty of pos­ses­sion, but were al­ways let down by their fi­nal ball and their best chance of a lev­eller came when Ka­vanagh had an ef­fort headed off the line by Shaun Pear­son.

Home boss Craig Hignett said: “We played well, par­tic­u­larly in the sec­ond half. We con­trolled the game and we were the ones who were push­ing. To come away with noth­ing is hugely frus­trat­ing.

“As far as the per­for­mance, the way the team looked and shape, we were ex­cel­lent.We made enough chances. If there is a crit­i­cism it was that we were not clin­i­cal enough.

“We are strug­gling to put games to bed. That is some­thing we have to work on.'”

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