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AIDY GEARING UP FOR GILLS TEST

29 January 2013

Cobblers boss on Priestfield trip

Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd previews Tuesday night’s trip to Gillingham.


“Every team presents a different problem to overcome and Gillingham are very different to Aldershot in lots of different ways,” he said.


“This week is going to pose a big question for us, we’ve done well to get where we are but we’ve still got 18 games left.


“I think we’ve got better as a team over time and we’ve rode our injuries and suspensions well.


“We’re a lot more resilient and battle hardened now and going to Priestfield is certainly really going to test our resolve.


“We proved last year that we had the mental toughness as a club to come through a lot of adversity and that has stood us in good stead.


“We have got to take one step at a time though, it’s nice to dream but it’s important to deal with first things first.


“I went to see Gillingham play York on Saturday and Andy King was at Rotherham so we got a good look at both our opponents this week.


“The players trained on Friday and Saturday, we’ve made the most of the facilities we could get and thankfully the thaw is now on so we were able to get back onto the grass on Monday.


“What pleased me the most at Aldershot was how we responded to going a goal down. I thought we adapted to the conditions well and we perhaps could have won by more.


“It was a huge three points for us and I think it put a bit of a marker down.


“Jake Robinson has had a little bit of a run in the team which always helps you to get into a rhythm but I think the most important thing with Jake is that he’s started to believe in himself.


“We all know what a good player he is and how good he can be, he’s proved that at the other clubs he’s been at and I think we are starting to see that now.


“Nobody can play well every week but you’ve got to maintain a level of performance that both keeps you in the team and that offers something to the team.


“He is very talented and arguably he should have done a lot better with his career but there is still time for him.”


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