Cobblers boss on Orient JPT tie
Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd believes December is going to be a key month for his side starting with Wednesday night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area quarter-final against an in-form Leyton Orient.
“This is a very important month for us,” he said.
“Leyton Orient are on a really good run at the minute and they are certainly a team that is capable of scoring lots of goals.
“At the same time they are a team that can be scored against as well so I think we are in for an entertaining game.
“The Johnstone's Paint Trophy is an important competition for us because we want to do well in it.
“We have got to work as hard as we can to get through to the next round and we’ve got to keep doing the good things that we have been doing as a team and as a squad.
“This is a key time for us and I think when we look back at the end of the season December could be pivotal.
“The league is very tight at the moment but after this month things should start to sort themselves out a little bit and we just need to make sure that we stay in the pack.
“We’ve had two very good wins against League One sides MK Dons and Colchester in this competition and I think that shows the hunger that is in the squad.
“I think we have got players here who are better than the level that we are at but until we become a team that wins consistently then we are not better.
“We’ve got to work very hard in every game to get results and there will come a time when things just click into place.
“Chris Hackett is an excellent professional and he has been absolutely outstanding for us in a variety of different positions.
“He is always one of the first players in the gym every morning and we just need to make sure that we get the ball to him as much as possible because when he’s got the ball at his feet he is a massive threat.
“After the Oxford game we trained really hard for two or three days and then the players had a couple of days off before getting straight back into it with double sessions on Monday and Tuesday.
“We’ve been able to train on the pitch here because of the good work done by the Groundsman and we have also been able to train on the grass down at the Saints when we’ve needed to.”