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Defender delighted to see Cobblers clinch promotion

1 July 2020

Northampton Town defender Michael Harriman was thrilled with Monday's play off final win over Exeter City at Wembley.

Harriman said promotion for the Cobblers was thoroughly deserved, and said it was a real united effort throughout the whole squad.

"At the end of the day the boys were fantastic," he said.

"We worked hard all season, we got in to the play offs and we took full advantage of that chance. To win 4-0 in a final is very unusual and a tribute to how well we have done.

"The second leg win at Cheltenham was huge for us. It set out our template, and it gave us the belief. We knew we had to deliver the same type of performance again and we went out and did that.

"At half time on Monday we were 2-0 up and we know that score has got away from us before, so we spoke about keeping that clean sheet and staying on the front foot and we carried that plan out in the second half.

"We didn't take our foot off the pedal, we kept going and we sealed the game in the last ten minutes."

Harriman was one of the stars of Monday's win, switching to a slightly unfamiliar role of left back to try and counter the threat of Exeter winger Randell Williams.

"On Monday the Gaffer asked me to do a specific job, he asked me to try and keep Randell Williams quiet. We know Randell is one of the best players in League 2 and I enjoyed the challenge of going up against him. Playing against someone that good makes me up my game and hopefully I did that.

"I am grateful to the Gaffer for giving me the chance to come here when no-one else would. Hopefully I have helped to repay him with my performances."

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