Cobblers boss on Saturday's Port Vale clash
Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd previews Saturday’s Sixfields clash against high-flying Port Vale, a game that kicks off at the earlier time of 2pm.
“Every second of every minute of every game is crucial and we’ve just got to concentrate on the next one,” he said.
“Port Vale are a very, very good team and they are flying high at the moment.
“They seem to have used the administration and the adversity that they were in to their advantage.
“Micky Adams is certainly a manager who likes a battle and his teams definitely reflect that.
“We’ve got to make sure on Saturday that we not only match Port Vale but that we take advantage of our home crowd who have been great and very positive and see if we can ask a few questions of Port Vale.
“I think there has been a lot of apathy around here for a long time and that is understandable given the club's league position over the last few years but we’ve got a good squad here now that unfortunately has been hit with injuries to key, senior players.
“For the next couple of months we have to dig in and get results by whatever means necessary and I mean that not in terms of how we are going to play but we have got to get the best out of what we’ve got until we get those players back.
“When we get those players back I think we are good enough to beat anybody and I don’t say that lightly because I’ve seen pretty much every team in this league now.
“Anybody can steer a ship through calm waters, there is a little bit of a storm at the minute and we are going through some choppy waters but we have just got to deal with it and get through it.
“When you have a situation like that you need absolutely everybody with you.
“We had a very solid start and I was really pleased with the way things were going and then we’ve been hit by a couple of lightning bolts.
“The balance isn’t quite right yet between the senior and younger players but in terms of commitment and effort I can’t ask for any more.
“All we’ve got to do now is cut out the silly little defensive errors and we will start picking up results.”