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Justin Edinburgh keen to see opportunities created and taken

17 August 2017

Cobblers manager Justin Edinburgh says he is looking for his team to add a ruthless streak to their play to add the near misses in the opening games of the season into points when Northampton Town travel to Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

"We felt we deserved something last Saturday, we thought so at the time and after watching it again and reflecting on it we certainly think that," he said.

"We had enough chances in the first half to win the game and we had some good phases of play that kept Fleetwood penned in during the first half. Games are coming down to fine lines and one or two key moments but we can take a lot of confidence and belief from some of our play and we are sure it is only a matter of time before results turn our way. We need to turn those key moments our way to make sure that happens.

"Aaron Pierre knows he should have scored, Billy Waters knows he should have scored and we had some good chances. If we are ruthless and clinical and go ahead then I think last Saturday would have had a different outcome. As the game went on Fleetwood dropped deeper and deeper and we understand why, they were looking to hit us on the break and we got done by a sucker punch, but had we scored they would have had to chase the game and that would have helped us.

"Defensively we have looked really solid, we have restricted the opposition to very few chances and the team is coming together. It does need time to increase the fluidity and confidence going forward but I am pleased with how we look defensively. Once you start to win games, the belief grows, people feel more relaxed and the confidence snowballs.

"I think both wing backs did well on Saturday. David Buchanan is more naturally defensive but he got forward well and it was his cross that led to the triple chances for Aaron Pierre and Billy Waters and Aaron Phillips made some great runs and he crossed to create another Billy Waters header. Both wing backs would easily have come off the pitch with an assist each last week and it would have been a very different story.

"There is no one more frustrated than us that we haven't come away with at least four points from the first two league games. Defensively we have been excellent, David Cornell has barely had a save to make in either game, but we must develop a ruthless streak going forward - we didn't create chances at Shrewsbury but we did against Fleetwood and we need to be more clinical in front of goal. Results matter and we need to start producing results, we understand that and Saturday can't come quick enough for us."

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