The views of the Cobblers boss
Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd thought his side paid the price for their first half display in the Capital One Cup first round defeat against MK Dons.
“It was a good cup tie and MK Dons are a good side,” he said.
“I thought we showed them far too much respect in the first half but in the second half we got on the front foot a bit more and asked more questions of them defensively.
“We had a go but I was disappointed with our defending and attacking from set plays because that is something we are normally very good at.
“Matt Duke was outstanding, he kept us in the game in key periods but we should have done better than we did in the first half and because of that we didn’t get the result that we wanted.
“It’s about what happens in both boxes and that’s the biggest lesson for us tonight.
“We didn’t get started and we weren’t anywhere near as good as we can be in the first half.
“We’ve got the makings of a very good team here but putting your body on the line is a minimum requirement and in the first half we didn’t do that.
“Our strike pair is Clive Platt and Roy O’Donovan, Roy will get plenty of goals, he’s getting in the right areas and he’s finding his sharpness.
“Ivan Toney showed a real desire when he came on, he was very good at getting hold of the ball and bringing other people into play. JJ’s performance in the first half wasn’t acceptable but he was better in the second half.
“We’ve come a long way in a short space of time here and part of that is through energy, effort and good old fashioned graft. We are a new team and we are still building, it’s going to take a bit of time but we have got a lot of work to do.”
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