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AIDY DELIGHTED WITH SEMI FINAL SUCCESS

5 May 2013

The views of the Cobblers boss

Boss Aidy Boothroyd was a happy man as he reflected on the 1-0 win at Cheltenham, a result that secured the Cobblers a place at Wembley in the League 2 play-off final against Bradford City on Saturday 18th May.

"We are very pleased but it's a difficult one because you do feel a bit for Mark Yates and Cheltenham," he said.

"We didn't play particularly well with the ball but we were resolute and strong.

"Our defence were magnificent and we stood upto everything Cheltenham threw at us.

"I thought it was a penalty, Ben Tozer was a bit rash but Lee Nicholls has done a lot of work with Tim Flowers and we were prepared for it.

"Lee was outstanding tonight, I've been very fortunate in my career to work with Ben Foster and I genuinely think Lee is as good as Ben.

"I was quietly confident with our away form going into the game but I knew we would had to be at our absolute best.

"We came here to try and win the game and in the end we did.

"I'm delighted to get to Wembley and it's fantastic for everyone connected with the club.

"We've done well to get to where we are and now we want to finish the job off.

"I'm excited to be going to Wembley but I don't want to go there for a day out I want to go there to win.

"It will be difficult and it's important that on the day we play the football match and not the occasion.

"It will be a strange one for me because it's against my home town club, they have been to Wembley already this season and Phil Parkinson and John Parkin have done a terrific job there.

"We will enjoy tonight and then have a couple of days off but from Wednesday we will be back in preparing for Bradford."


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