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The Cobblers midfielder looks ahead to the play off final

25 June 2020

Northampton Town midfielder Alan McCormack says the squad always believed they could turn around the two goal deficit in the play off semi final against Cheltenham Town.

The Cobblers lost the first leg 2-0, but came back to win 3-0 at the Jonny Rocks Stadium to make their way through to the Wembley final against Exeter City on Monday.

“The belief we had before Monday was immense,” he said.

“Charlie Goode and I travelled to the meeting point and we could sense it. As a squad, we were very relaxed and calm but also really determined, we started off well and it went from there.

“It was a special night and it will live long in the memory. The first game was disappointing, after a long build up it was a bit of an anti climax and I think that woke us up a little bit. It was a quick turn around for Monday but we were ready to go.

“We came in on the Saturday to train and look at some video analysis and everyone was ready to go. We just felt it was going to happen but to deliver under that pressure and under those circumstances was great.

“The focus now is making sure we reach those levels again on Monday. You need to prepare right and do the basics well. We proved last Monday night we can do it, and there is no point getting to the final and not doing it. There are still areas where we can improve and that is our challenge - to do just that on Monday. We know we have to deliver one more time.

“Exeter are a good side. I fancied them to maybe even catch the top three. They can mix up their play, they have some good players and they are dangerous opposition. They will be favourites but we have got to go out and worry about ourselves and put in the performance we need.

“Playing in a play off final is always special. A Wembley final is the pinnacle of your career, some players never get to experience it. You have got to go out there, not leave anything in the tank and take it as though it is your last chance to play at such an iconic stadium because one day it will be.

“It is a real shame the fans won’t be there, but we know they will be there in spirit and they are right behind us. However good it was, we know that last Monday won’t count for much if we don’t finish the job next week.”

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