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Harry praises character of squad

23 December 2019

Striker Harry Smith headed home his sixth goal of the season to secure a point at Mansfield Town on Saturday and praised the fitness and character of the team.

The Cobblers were behind at the One Call Stadium with just over five minutes to play before Smith headed home a Nicky Adams cross to seal a point from a hard fought encounter.

"We dug in," said Smith as he looked back on the game.

"It is always nice to get a goal but the important thing was the result, whoever scored. I thought we ended the game really strongly to be honest and time ran out on us a little bit but when you are behind with five minutes to go then you have to see a point as a decent result.

"It was another good delivery from Nicky Adams for the goal. I have been working on my movement with the coaching staff but the one on Saturday was about getting some power on it and steering it over the keeper which I managed to do.

"We hit the bar very early on and could have scored a number of times in the first half. Overall a draw was probably fair though, Mansfield came back in the second half and had their chances too.

"It was good to claim a point from a losing position and I thought we showed our character and our belief. We know we can score goals and in the last 10 or 15 minutes I thought we finished the game strongly."

Smith's goal took him on to six for the season, and with a number of players finding the net on a regular basis, he says that can only be good for the team.

"We have a group of players who share the goals around," he admitted.

"They come from all over the pitch, we have a lot of players who have scored a few times this season and that makes us hard to set up against, you can't just worry about one particular threat.

"Crawley on Boxing Day will be tough. Anyone can beat anyone in this league so we will go there confident but we know we will have to play well."

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