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The Cobblers caretaker boss on risking losing to try and win the game last weekend

2 May 2018

Cobblers caretaker boss Dean Austin has praised his players for their performances in the last few weeks and talks about chancing his arm to try and win the game against Walsall.

"I knew the magnitude of the task that we were taking on, but I honestly believed we could do it and so did the players," he said.

"We didn't play as well against Walsall as we did against Plymouth - that can happen - but for 75 minutes we were the better side and we had the better chances.

"My job is to make decisions, I chanced my arm against Bury and it worked when Ash Taylor went up front and scored but unfortunately at Walsall on Saturday it didn't come off.

"I want to win games and I like my team to play on the front foot. In normal circumstances on Saturday after 75 minutes I would have just thought it wasn't going to be our day having hit the inside of the post twice, having a good goal disallowed and having a penalty shout turned down and I would have taken the point but this wasn't a normal circumstance.

"In normal circumstances we would have kept a second clean sheet in a row and that is another sign of improvement as we haven't done that for a long time but we gambled and risked losing to try and win.

"I felt we had to win the game to give ourselves a chance and I know from previous experience as a player you can't just sit back and rely on results elsewhere because things can change in a matter of seconds that are out of control and I am a big believer in controlling what you can control.

"I wanted to get as many goalscorers on the pitch as possible, maybe in different circumstances we would have introduced Sam Foley and Jack Bridge to keep the shape but we needed as many goal threats as possible and we put on the most attacking players we had. It's always better to have a go and I felt we needed to win our last two games in order to give ourselves a chance.

"It didn't come off but we gave it a go and we will never take a step backwards."

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