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KING DELIGHTED WITH AWAY WIN

4 January 2014

The views of the Cobblers caretaker boss

Cobblers caretaker boss Andy King was a happy man as he reflected on Saturday's 2-1 away win at Newport County. 

"The players have set their standards now and I think we earned this result," he said.

"We rode our luck at times but we probably could have scored a couple more goals ourselves and at the end we showed that determination that you need to win a football match.

"The goal just before half-time was a blow but i said to the players that if they performed in the same way and just defended set pieces a bit better then we would win the game.

"We needed to tighten up, keep the belief, defend our box a bit better and that's exactly what we did.

"We had five good chances in the first half away from home and Antonio German and Hallam Hope were magnificent.

"Antonio was superb, he had pace and energy and I think if you have pace up front you scare people.

"Hallam has come straight from under 21 football so it was all new to him and it looked like he was a bit lost at times but he still got in to good positions and he got the goal.

"If the players play well then they will stay in the team and if they don't then they won't, it's as simple as that.

"Ben Tozer played out of position today but he did extremely well and he gave me everything he got.

"Danny Emerton has got a broken nose which caused his vision a problem and that's why he came off. It's a nasty one but he should be okay for next week.

"Whatever happens at this club from now on this has put us in a fighting position.

"There has been a lot of talk but we needed points to prove what has been said and if we play like that then this club won't go down."

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