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Under 18s coach reflects on Saturday's win

12 October 2020

Northampton Town U18s manager Jon Brady says there’s still room for improvement after his side’s 3-0 win at home to Leyton Orient in the EFL Youth Alliance League on Saturday morning.

Lewis Gilbert, Jack Connor and an own goal gave the Cobblers a convincing win, but they could have won by more.

Brady said, “It was a better performance in terms of goals, but I still think there’s room for improvement.

“It’s great to see Lewis Gilbert and Jack Connor on the scoresheet.

“That first goal is always important and scoring three is positive for us.

“That being said we could have scored more, but we snatched at chances and took too many touches.

“It’s about confidence and we’ve got to find that composure to put them away.

“It could have been 1-1 but Dylan Berry made a fantastic save and Max Dyche made a good goal line clearance.

“A lesson for the team is that we need to take our chances because if we don’t, it increases the pressure on us.”

Lewis Gilbert’s left-footed strike into the bottom corner on the hour mark was the Cobblers’ first goal of the season, and the scorer himself admitted it was a one he and the team needed.

He said, “In the first half, it felt like one of those games that you can’t score in, but we were clinical in the second half.

“We deserved to win because we dominated the game, and it could have been more.

“It’s about time I scored and it’s a goal I needed.

“We’ve played well in the other games, we just haven’t taken our chances, so hopefully this gives us a bit of momentum going forward.”

The Cobblers host Gillingham in their fourth game of the campaign on Saturday.

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