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AIDY RELISHING OXFORD CLASH

22 March 2013

Cobblers boss looking forward to big Sixfields crowd

This week has seen the football club sign a new major partnership deal with the University of Northampton, a deal that boss Aidy Boothroyd is sure will benefit both parties.


“I think it’s a fantastic deal for the football club and for the University,” he said.


“Anything that can bring a town closer together has to be a good thing and the fact that they are sponsoring all our kit right from under 9s through to the first team says a lot about it and shows the togetherness that is needed for any business to be successful.


“There are ideas to be had and learned from and its up to us to get up to the University and see what good practices that they are using that we can maybe copy and use for ourselves."


Turning his attention to Saturday’s game against Oxford the Town boss continued:


“Both teams are in good form and I think both teams are going to go out to try and win it.


“There should be a big crowd in with the club running a Bring a Buddy campaign this week as well and I’m hoping that the people who come to the game that perhaps haven’t been before enjoy what we have to offer in terms of our hospitality and in terms of the product on the pitch.


“We are doing very well at home and we want to maintain that.


“It should be a really good attacking game but it’s important that we defend properly and that we put the onus on them to defend.


“Ideally I’d like us to be in the pack all the way to the end and if it comes down to the final two or three games and we’ve got a chance of automatic promotion then we’ll do all we can to go and get it.


“I think at this stage we would have all taken where we are and now it’s all about the run-in.


“The first 8 games were important to get off to a good start and now the last 8 are vital and we need to make sure that we finish as strongly as we can.


“Oxford have been in and around it for two or three years now and we’ve had some good games against them.


“We’re in a good position in the league and Oxford have still got a chance of getting in the play-offs. They are very attack minded anyway and I think they need to come here to try and win.


“It’ll be a difficult game but we want to continue our crusade to try and get promotion.


“With the Wycombe game being called off we have managed to rest one or two players who have been playing with little knocks. We would have loved to have played on Saturday but unfortunately we couldn’t so we just have to get on with it.”


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