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TOUGH TEST FOR TOUGH PLAYERS

3 October 2013

The Cobblers boss previews Saturday's game

Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd knows Saturday’s trip to AFC Wimbledon will be a very tough ask for this team.

“AFC Wimbledon have got a one hundred per cent record at home this season and they have started very well,” he said.

“They are going to be a handful, it’s a tight atmosphere there and I’m not expecting anything else but a very tough encounter.

“It’s going to be a place for tough players, we’ve got to go there and give another good account of ourselves and at the same time have a sharpness about us when we attack.

“I was really pleased with Saturday despite us probably playing better against Exeter and Torquay. We lost both those games 2-1 and my decision, given our recent form, was that what we weren’t going to do on Saturday was lose 1-0.

“Yes we wanted to win the game but I was pleased with the clean sheet and what we need to do now is toughen up and sharpen up at the other end because we know we need to score goals.

“Having two experienced centre halves made a massive difference and it gives us something to build on.

“Last Saturday it was very important for us not to concede.

“In times of adversity you are looking for people to step up and I’m sure we’ve got players who will do that.

“Not having Clive Platt and Jacob Blyth available means we have to adapt and improvise in the way that we play but I think we are more than capable of doing that.

“Ivan Toney is going to be a big player for us in the future, he’s very talented and the games he gets this season will do him the world of good.

“He took his opportunity well, he’ll be disappointed that he didn’t score but he will have learnt a lot from Saturday.”



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