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CONSISTENCY THE CHALLENGE

24 August 2012

Aidy looks ahead to Southend

Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd is demanding consistency from his players as they prepare for Saturday’s Sixfields clash against Southend United.

“We’ve made a nice solid start but now it’s about building on that and maintaining that consistency,” he said.

“It’s too early to get excited about anything and I’m a big believer in that the league sorts itself out after 46 games.

“When you have got so many games in a short period of time the key is rest and recovery.

“After a game it takes a day or so to recover and it’s vitally important that you don’t under or over train between games.

“We do a lot of mental work picking out the lessons that we can learn from each game we play and then it’s about trying to apply those lessons that we’ve learnt in our next game.

“I thought our performance on Tuesday night was excellent and we were well worth the three points.

“That game has gone now though and we move on to preparing for Southend on Saturday.

“I’ve got a huge amount of respect for Paul Sturrock, I’ve got a lot of time for him and he’s a great role model.

“Every game in every league is a tough challenge and every game provides a different type of test against the different strengths and weaknesses of the opposition.

“I’m thoroughly enjoying the challenge here, there are a lot of things we still need to work on but at the moment we are doing okay.

“What we’ve tried to do is assemble a squad that can play in a variety of different ways, both in terms of our style of play and different systems.

“Sometimes as a team you can become predictable and that is something I didn’t want to happen.

“The 11 lads that are starting for us at the moment will obviously have a big part to play but it’s the lads who aren’t starting at the moment who will have a massive part to play.

“There will come a time when injuries and suspensions kick in or players lose form and then the players who aren’t in the team at the moment will have to step in.

“They need to be ready for that and it’s how they deal with being left out that is important.”


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