Cobblers boss positive ahead of midweek cup tie
Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd previews Tuesday night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy second round tie against Colchester United at Sixfields.
“It’s a competition we are taking very seriously and it’s a game we want to win,” he said.
“We want to get some success here, we are going through a little bit of adversity at the moment and it is only a little bit but we want to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible.
“Danny East’s shoulder injury isn’t too serious and he is a tough kid. He is probably doubtful for Tuesday night but if he doesn’t make it then hopefully he will be okay for Exeter on Saturday.
“We haven’t really got strength in depth in any area of the squad but what we have got is flexibility.
“We’ve got players who can play in several different positions and if Danny doesn’t make it then Lewis Wilson or Chris Hackett can fill in there. I could even play a three with wing-backs because we’ve got the players to do that.
“It might be an opportunity for Shane Higgs to play and that is something I have got to consider.
“Shane has done really well with his recovery but unfortunately for him Lee Nicholls has come in and been excellent for us.
“Shane has been on the bench for the last couple of games and his attitude has been excellent.
“The squad is quite thin and I knew before the season started that it would get tested as it is at the moment.
“We are still looking to add to the squad and if we can do that I think that will give everybody a lift. There are one or two things to be sorted out on that and when you are bringing a player in on loan it’s never simple because there are a lot of different things to consider.
“I really enjoyed my time at Colchester, it’s a great club run by great people.
“I think they will bring a strong team, the early rounds in this competition sometimes get forgotten about but at the end of it there is a trophy up for grabs and we want to progress as far as we can in the competition.
“We are aiming to put in a very good performance and sometimes a good cup run can help galvanise your league form.”