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The Cobblers boss also wants to see team dominating both penalty areas

12 September 2018

Cobblers boss Dean Austin has called on his team to show greater resilience and to dominate in both penalty areas to allow them to start to turn their terrotorial dominance in games in to points.

“I don’t think we are a million miles away but we’ve got to find some resilience,” he said.

“At the moment we are most vulnerable when we are in possession but the players have got to be mentally stronger and we need to bring an edge to our game in both boxes. We’ve got into the habit of losing games here and we need to turn that around.

“We’ve created more chances at home than any other team in League 2 but the game is about the two penalty boxes and that’s where we need to improve. We need to be more ruthless in the opposition box and we need to fight harder to keep the ball out of our net because that’s where we are coming up a bit short.

“We are working extremely hard in training on attacking and defending and we are meticulous on set plays but we’ve got to work harder to turn our form around because the simple fact is our results haven’t been good enough.

“I think some of what I said after the game against Cheltenham has been slightly mis-interpreted and I was in no way critical of our supporters. I felt some of the players became a little bit nervous when the supporters are disgruntled but that’s normal. When you are not winning games of football you are going to be criticised and we have to handle that and be strong enough to handle that.”


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