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AIDY - 'WE ARE ENJOYING THE BATTLE'

31 March 2013

The Cobblers boss previews Monday's game

Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd knows that Easter Monday’s game at promotion rivals Cheltenham will be a really big test for his side.

“It was a great result against Torquay and it sets us up nicely for the game at Cheltenham,” he said.

“Every game we play now has more importance on it and we are thoroughly enjoying the battle.

“Cheltenham are a very good strong side, they beat us 3-2 at Sixfields which shows you their resilience.

“I know their manager and their coaching staff really well and I’m sure they will be really revved up for Monday. 

“We will go there with real confidence and we’ve just got to make sure we come away with something.

“A point would be good but three would be brilliant.

“We took Clive Platt off at half-time on Friday purely as a precaution because we wanted him right for Monday.

“Lee Nicholls made a brilliant save at the end of the game against Torquay and those are the sort of things you need to get you three points.

“Wigan are happy with Lee’s development and I have to say I’m absolutely delighted with how he’s done.

“I’ve discussed this with Andy King and Tim Flowers after every game and even if he makes a mistake he bounces back very quickly and he doesn’t let things drag him down.

“He never has two bad halves on the trot, he picks himself up quickly and I think that is a prerequisite for a top player.

“You are going to make mistakes and it’s how you learn from those mistakes and improve.

“He is getting better and better and we’d love to have him for another year but I don’t want to get greedy.

“I’m just happy to have him here for the next few weeks and he has certainly been a key part of what we have been building this season.

“I don’t want to plan ahead too much for next season because if I start to do that then I will take my eye off the ball for this year.

“The turnaround here in the last twelve months has been fantastic and that’s credit to all the staff and all the players and the team spirit that we’ve got here."


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