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25 November 2013

The views of the Cobblers boss ahead of the game at Chesterfield

Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd is pleased his side have a quick chance to bounce back from Saturday’s loss at Hartlepool when they go to Chesterfield on Tuesday night, a game where the Town are 5/1 outsiders.

“We’ve got to go to Chesterfield and do whatever we can to get something out of the game,” he said.

“I know the league is tight and three or four wins on the spin would make for a different conversation but the bottom line is we’ve got to start winning.

“I can go back through every single game this season and talk about the what ifs, the buts and the maybes but that’s historical information and the next game is always the most important one.

“Although I didn’t think we played particularly well at Hartlepool I didn’t feel that we helped ourselves at all.

“There were positives and we started the game well but the disappointing thing was that both of Hartlepool’s goals came from us losing possession. I didn’t think it was a penalty and it was a fantastic tackle from Joe Widdowson but these things happen.

“Our away record isn’t great, we do need to play differently away from home and we are coming up with ways of doing that with the personnel that we’ve got available.

“We have got more of the key ingredients now to do that and to win consistently but if you make errors like we did on Saturday then you will get punished.

“We’ve won at Wimbledon this year and at Rochdale we put in a terrific counter attacking performance and but for the last four minutes of the game you’d say that was a very good away performance.

“There are signs there but what it boils down to is a work ethic and a mental strength to be able to deal with the fact that the opposition away from home is going to have the ball more than you.

“I don’t want to be at the bottom of League Two and I don’t want my team to be but what I do know is that these experiences are going to make me better.

“Going through these periods does make you better in the long term but I’ve had enough of that now and it is important that we start putting points on the board.

“I put my reputation on the line coming here so there is nothing like that for putting yourself under pressure. I’m living it, I want to be successful and I’m doing everything I can to turn this around and get us going in an upward direction.

“I think this season is going to be a real challenge and if we can come through it I think we are going to be far better for it.”

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