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AIDY DEMANDING IMPROVEMENTS AT ROVERS

28 August 2013

Cobblers boss on Saturday's away trip

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd is looking for improvements when his Northampton Town team travel to Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

"When you lose at home like we did against Torquay there is an emotional response," he said.

"I don't expect to lose at home and in the first few games we have beaten ourselves as much as anything else which is very irritating. 

"We do get things wrong on occasions and it will take time to build a squad here. Ironically I thought we saw some progress on Saturday, particularly in our forward play in the first half. We could easily have scored more in the first half but we didn't kill the opposition off.

"In the second half, what we didn't do was what we were good at last year. We weren't strong and physical in either penalty area and we didn't dominate those areas and that shows you need a balance. You can't have too many fancy dans but you only get so far with brutes. You need balance.

"We spent 3 hours on Bank Holiday Monday watching the DVD from the Torquay game, not as a punishment but to learn the lessons from the game and to make sure we get better.

"We have got some good players here, but we might need to look outside to bring in as well. Every team has to have a balance of artists and soldiers, of strength and of ability and we might not have that balance right just yet.

"I am pleased with what we have going forward but we are not as defensively strong as we should be at the moment.

"There are some good players out there, some experienced players who I am hoping we might be able to do something with.

"Bristol Rovers are similar to us in many ways. They have been missing some players but they are coming back now and it should be a good game. I know John Ward well, I worked with him at Colchester and I have a lot of respect for John. I also know John Joe O'Toole, who I had at Colchester and Watford. He is a good player, but they have a number of good players and it will be a tough game."




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