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The Cobblers boss reflects on the first nine games of the campaign

26 September 2018

With Saturday's game at Mansfield Town being the tenth league game of the season, Dean Austin has been looking back over the first nine league games of the campaign.

"So far, looking at results, you would say 'must do better' in terms of a school report," he said.

"With how we have played and the opportunities we have created, the situations we have worked, we should be a lot higher up the table than we are. That has been the story of the season so far but we need to change it, we need to show more composure with the final ball, with the cross and with the finish.

"Even last Saturday, there was a situation that was almost a carbon copy of the Plymouth home game last season when in that game Daniel Powell crossed and the defender out it in his own net. on Saturday it was an even better position and the defender just managed to get it wide of his own post, it was either lucky or brilliant, but that's the way things are going at the moment and we have to force things to change.

"In terms of how we have played, I think we have played some pretty good football. Others may disagree with that and results are the be all and end all and that's understandable. We had a poor 25 minutes at Carlisle, a bad 60 minutes at Morecambe until we turned up with 30 minutes to go and still should have got something from the game and then there was the Cheltenham game here where we moved the ball too slowly and I felt we were passing without a real purpose. Even at Port Vale, where we weren't great, we had our opportunities at 0-0 but didn't take them and then we had a man sent off.

"There have been some good performances too but on too many occasions we have been wasteful.

"We need more resilience we need to be more ruthless in both boxes and show more quality in the final third. I thought we were better in the defensive penalty area last week but we know we have plenty to work on and we are always striving to improve."

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