Marcus Bignot (Aston Villa Interim Manager) during the FA Womens Super League 1 game between Aston Villa and Tottenham at Bescot Stadium in Walsall -Orlagh Gardner/Sports Press Photo

FINAL WORDS: Departing Villa boss Bignot delighted to secure survival

Departing Aston Villa interim manager Marcus Bignot said that he was delighted with his side as they secured Barclays FA Women’s Super League safety with a goalless draw against Arsenal at Meadow Park on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Bristol City had to win away at Brighton & Hove Albion but they went down 3-1 which secured safety for another season for Aston Villa.

Speaking in his post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were in attendance, Bignot expressed his delight in seeing his side complete the job and remain in the top flight.

He said “The aim was to stay up and we have done exactly that.

“It’s the manner that we have done it, we have gone five games unbeaten at the back end of the season when it mattered most. We did it on our terms, and we wanted to do it like that. We didn’t want people saying we relied on Brighton beating Bristol City.

“We have come to a football club like Arsenal and to perform in the matter that we did, I think nobody could argue that we didn’t deserve this point today.

“We wanted to get the job done ourselves, we honestly believed we had already done enough to stay up in terms of the points that we had accumulated.”

Bignot went on to comment further on how pleased he was with how his side ended the season with that impressive five-game unbeaten run.

He added “I’m delighted with our performance today, we’ve found goals hard to come by this season but to finish the campaign five games unbeaten, I’m honestly so delighted.

“I knew we weren’t going to have much of the ball today but looking at where we have come from before in games against the big teams, we’ve taken lots of lessons out of them games and we have learnt from them.

“I thought we managed the game well and performed very well. We were totally focused and even if Bristol had won today, it wouldn’t have affected the manner in which the girls performed.

“I think today’s performance was the most controlled all season in terms of being out of possession. We controlled Arsenal and we kept Vivianne (Miedema) quiet, we knew she was two goals off levelling the goal record with Sam Kerr in terms of the Golden Boot.

“For her to not score and Arsenal not to score, I think this was a really good performance under the circumstances we found ourselves in.”

The game was Bignot’s final game as interim manager, having come into the club in January to work alongside Gemma Davies. He said that leaving his role with Villa still in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League was the perfect way to bow out.

He said “I came in and I have delivered the task I was asked to deliver. I want women’s football to progress in The Midlands so any way I can help the football club, I’ll try my best.

“Today was my last day. I came in as interim manager but what a way to finish.”

Bignot has now officially left Aston Villa with the club set to appoint a new management team in due course.

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