Cook: Pigott did exactly what people should be doing to claim
Friday, October 8, 2021 11:19 a.m.
Blues boss Paul Cook said forward Joe Pigott did exactly what he needed to do to claim a place in the Gillingham squad on Tuesday night – as Janoi Donacien did at right-back earlier in the season – but currently says eight – Top scorer Macauley Bonne has made himself unbeatable.
Pigott joined Town from AFC Wimbledon this summer and started the season in the League One XI, but then fell behind Bonne in the pecking order, with the loaned man QPR steadily finding the net.
Maidstone-born Pigott scored his third goal for the Blues against former loan club Gillingham on Tuesday and Cook felt the 27-year-old did everything required of him.
“I just think it’s great for Joe,” said the town manager. “Joe is a lovely boy, he doesn’t lack self-confidence, he’s a really confident boy. I think [it was great] for him and Conor Chaplin to enter the field the other night.
“And for an Ipswich team to play and play like that, that was everything we expected from games with Newport and West Ham.
“I felt the performance against Newport was quite acceptable, I thought we were great on the night against Newport, we just couldn’t score. Against West Ham we were disappointing, it was a different kind of performance.
“For all of these guys, it’s how you train, how you play. Macauley Bonne came in and just took the jersey, Macauley made it impossible to be left out.
“Macauley was one of the big advantages in terms of saying ‘When I get my chance, I’ll take it and keep it.’
“And that makes it harder for other forwards at the club to get in. What Joe did on Tuesday night is exactly what people should be doing, pretending to be saying ‘Gaffer, I’m ready if you need me to play’.
“And that’s what we want in our club, we want the guys to be quick to say ‘If I’m selected I’m ready to play’.”
Cook says Donacien, who started the season away from the squad but is now a regular at right-back, is an example to other players.
“Janoi has been exceptional since coming back to the team,” he said. “He’s probably been one of our best players in terms of consistency and we know what he’s going to do on the pitch.
“I think for all the good teams in the world and across the country doing what’s written on the tin is important.
“For us, right now, we’re still setting the rules in terms of what the players bring to the team. What are the ingredients to form a good team? Who is our best team? What is our best training in and around what we do.
“And JD came and staked that claim for himself at the right-back and did it really really well.”
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|itfchorry added 12:18 – Oct 8
Play Two Ahead – Pigott and Bonne
|Barty added 12:26 – Oct 8
itfchorry. I totally agree
|Linkboy13 added 12:59 – Oct 8
Why play two up front when it is working so well for Bonne at the moment. In the past, it has never worked out playing the sole striker because whoever played there before didn’t have the pace of work and the physique to carry it out. Pigott for me, despite being big and strong, seems to use these attributes to the best of his ability and should gain a lot more balls in the air. You can play three times before, which necessarily means you will score more goals. Bonne has been a revelation this season and without him we would have struggled. Pigott has to work a lot harder if he is to secure a regular place in the squad.
|blue86 added 2:14 PM – Oct 8
Cook said everything here … apart from the different formations? Its seems its 4231 only? we need to be, and should be, imo more adaptable. When the chips are low, what about a 352 or a 442? Need more than one option when things are not working out, could also use subs better sometimes. Let’s hope for 3 points this weekend! Coyb
|litfc added 14:37 – Oct 8
He did well as he is not an attacking type player on loan! He’s always been part of a 2-man attack, so why buy him if he won’t use his strength?
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