Cobblers boss on managing expectation levels
Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd is maintaining a level approach ahead of Saturday’s trip to Chesterfield.
“I’m pretty level headed and I’m always thinking about what we can do better,” he said.
“What is it that we can do to be better as a team and what is it that we are sweeping under the carpet because we are winning are two key questions that I am very quick to ask when we go through our last game with the players.
“I think everybody is putting in a real shift at the moment but we have got to be very careful that we don’t get too excited about what we’re doing because we are nowhere near as good as we can be.
“Clearly we are a lot better than we were but we haven’t done anything at all yet.
“We might be creating a reputation for ourselves which is good but nothing gets won in January.
“We have got to keep working on trying to improve and the next game has always got to be our main focus.
“The Barnet game is a real reminder for us about what can happen if we do get too complacent and we’ve got to guard against those things.
“We’ve got to treat every game with absolute respect and make sure that we perform because if we don’t then it’s more than likely that we will get beat.
“Chesterfield is another marker for us, we know that they’ve got good players in their team but so have we and its very important for us to get that result.
“Our away form has started to improve, I think we’ve started to find a way of playing now that suits us and that gives the opposition problems.
“Progress has been made by the players and the work that they are putting in does need to be acknowledged but we just need to keep ourselves nice and calm.
“My biggest issue right now is managing expectation, we are only in January and we are only just in the top ten. That is nothing to celebrate.
“We need to make sure that we focus on what’s most important and that is always the next game.”