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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 February 2008, 12:28 GMT
Bignot issues Millwall rallying cry
By David McIntyre

Marcus Bignot
Bignot joined Millwall from QPR earlier this season

Marcus Bignot knows how crucial avoiding relegation can prove to be.

He captained QPR to Championship survival last season, paving the way for a takeover by a group led by Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone.

It is an achievement Bignot is deeply proud of, arguing that the Formula One magnates would not have bought a League One club.

Now the defender is playing a key role in Millwall's battle to avoid the calamity of relegation to League Two.

And he believes beating the drop could also give the Lions, who are currently 18th in League One, a platform for the future.

"There's a lot of similarities with last year at QPR. We knew what was at stake and now at Millwall it's no different," Bignot told BBC Sport. "Let's hope Millwall can follow in the footsteps of QPR and stay up, get more investment and move forward.

It's the games over Easter that sort out the men from the boys

Marcus Bignot

"It's paramount that we don't get relegated. We really have to stay in this division to enable us to move forward and I feel we can achieve that.

"I've been in this type of position before. I know the rewards you can get for staying up and what the future can hold if you can achieve that.

"I'll be looking to do that at Millwall and, for me, Millwall Football Club belongs in the Championship.

"I've played most of my football in that division and I want to play there again during my time with Millwall.

"It's a great league to play in and it would be great for Millwall to be back in that division."

Millwall boss Kenny Jackett, who was assistant manager at Loftus Road during part of Bignot's second spell at the club, signed the player on loan from QPR before sealing his permanent signing in January.

Marcus Bignot (r) in action for Millwall against Bristol Rovers
Bignot's work ethic has made him a popular figure at Millwall

Bignot, 33, is known for his work ethic and impeccable attitude. That, and his experience of relegation battles, should be an asset for Millwall in the all-important run-in.

And Bignot is clear about what is required to stay up.

"At this stage of the season, in the position we're in, it's really more about attitude and mentality than ability," he insisted.

"You can have all the ability in the world but if you have not got the desire, you are wasting your time.

"All the players in that dressing room have got ability but, for whatever reason, we are in a position where we could go down.

"It's about that desire and that will to win - to be better than the opposition and run the extra yard.

"Desire and the will to win can be taken lightly but, for me, that is what it is all about. If we keep that mentality for the rest of the season then we will stay up."

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Millwall boosted their survival chances with a 3-0 win over bottom club Port Vale and a battling 1-1 draw at fellow strugglers Luton.

But Bignot believes his club's most important matches are yet to come.

"At the moment we are in a trench and it is all about digging in. We have had an important week against teams around us near the bottom," he added.

"It's important we get some points to set us up nicely for the Easter period and I always believe it is the games over Easter that sort out the men from the boys and give a bit more clarity as to how things are going to go.

"That means it is very important that we now get the points in return for our performances, which has not always happened before."



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