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AIDY - 'ONLY AN ACHIEVEMENT IF WE WIN'

10 May 2013

Cobblers boss wants players to 'play the game'

Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd says his players will not get wrapped up in the occasion of the League 2 play off final, but will instead focus on the job that needs doing.

“Getting to Wembley is an achievement but it’s only an achievement if you can finish the job off," he said.

“It’s a job that has got one more game to go, at the start of the season we set out to try and win promotion and now we’ve got an opportunity to achieve that in a one off game.

“There are two things that are going to happen next Saturday, there is going to be an occasion and there is going to be a game and we’ve got to make sure that we play the game.

“Against Cheltenham the main thing was that we got through.

“We played really well in the first leg and the only downside was that we didn’t score more goals.

“In the second leg we knew that Cheltenham were going to come flying out at us and they did. I don’t think we played particularly well on the night but what we did do was defend resolutely and there were some immense performances.

“Luke’s goal was brilliant, it was a wonderful goal and that really took an awful lot of pressure off.

“The penalty save was obviously key but I’ve got an awful lot of faith in Lee and I think Wigan have got a top goalkeeper on their books.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some fantastic goalkeepers and he is right up there with Ben Foster.

“Not just because of his talent because that only gets you so far but because of his willingness to work and the acceptance of self criticism he has of himself.

“If he hasn’t played well then he will hold his hands up and when you are going to be a top player you have got to be able to recognise when you do well and when you don’t do well.

“Lee’s got that in abundance and I think that is what is going to take him to the very top.”


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