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5 December 2013

The Cobblers assistant boss looks ahead to Grimsby Town

Cobblers assistant manager Andy King wants Northampton Town to build on a recent good run in Saturday’s FA Cup second round tie at Grimsby Town, a game the Cobblers are 7/4 to win.

“When you win games the confidence grows,” he said.

“The players are in decent spirits, they are training very well and we are confident going into the game but make no mistake we need to build on the last few games.

“I had a little spell at Grimsby after I left Mansfield, they have always been a side that wants to play football and it will be a difficult game.

“I went to watch Cambridge v Bury on Tuesday night and there is not a great divide now between League Two and the Conference.

“Grimsby are doing very well, their home record is good but if we go there in the right frame of mind and continue the way we have been playing of late there is no reason we can’t get a result.

“Ricky Ravenhill has made a difference and I thought Clive Platt and Izale McLeod, although he can't play this week, looked good together on Saturday. They understand each other and they know each other’s strengths.

“We are definitely heading in the right direction because we are off the bottom and we’ve never really understood why we are in this position.

“We’ve always felt it was just a matter of time before we started to turn things round but we were also very aware that we needed results and not just to talk about it.

“Keeping clean sheets is vital because when you keep a clean sheet you are on the verge of winning a game.

“The Hartlepool game aside we’ve picked up some good results in the last few weeks and the most important thing for us now is to keep building.”

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