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Assistant manager on the win over Leyton Orient

30 November 2021

Assistant manager Colin Calderwood said the whole dressing room took a lot of satisfaction from the win over Leyton Orient last weekend.

A Cobblers side missing Jon Guthrie and Shaun McWilliams - along with the early withdrawal of Kion Etete - ended Orient's eleven match unbeaten run, and Calderwood said the dressing room took great satisfaction at the result.

“The manner of the win was very satisfying for everyone,” he said.

“The conditions were not helpful for either side but it was a big win for us and I think anyone who finishes above Leyton Orient this season will finish in the play-offs at the very least.

“It felt like everyone grouped together and we pulled one out of the fire. I think the performance typified what Northampton fans want to see, undoubted effort, a little bit of quality and a performance that had a heart as big as a lion.

“We had a bit of disruption to the team with Jon Guthrie’s wife going into labour but Max Dyche stepped up.

“If the team is doing really well then consistency in selection is fairly obvious but it’s important to have belief in the rest of the squad and when you are not in the team you always need to be ready because your chance will come.

“Max has got very similar traits to his father and he is a good example to all young players. He has persevered, his name brings a badge with it but he is more than capable of handling that.

“He’s tough and for all the skill, pace and technique which he has in abundance he is a really solid character.

“There is a lot to like about him, he’s a born leader and his personality is as grounded as his dad’s.”

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