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LIAM ROBERTS HOPING FOR BIG SIXFIELDS CROWD AS COBBLERS LOOK TO BUILD ON SUTTON POINT

Cobblers keeper on the season so far, and enjoying life at Northampton Town

25 January 2022

Goalkeeper Liam Roberts says the Cobblers are looking forward to building on last Saturday's draw at Sutton United when Salford City visit Sixfields on Saturday.

"It was a decent point and we'll take it, Sutton had been on a great run, particularly at home but there was some disappointment we couldn't force the win in the last 15 minutes," he said, looking back on last weekend's game down in West London.

"We will take it as a point gained and have to look to try and build on it this weekend.

"The clean sheet was important last weekend. We pride ourselves on being solid, the lads in front of me limited Sutton well and I hope we are back to where we were in terms of being solid defensively. I thought we played more with the ball at Sutton than we had done and there were plenty of positives to take from the game, we just couldn't quite force that winner at the end.

"At the start of the season we kept a lot of clean sheets and keeping another one at Sutton was good. I think for the most part we have looked solid for most of the season as a defensive unit and as a team but now we want to take that on and keep building from it.

"I think most teams in this league would take draws against two of the top three teams but we want to take it forward now. I think the performance levels have risen a lot since we came back from Covid against Swindon and that is encouraging. There will always be lulls in a season, times when things go against us but there is a resilience in the club to overcome set backs and that is good."

Roberts says he is really enjoying his time at Northampton Town, having joined the club from Walsall last summer, a club where he spent many years.

"It was a big move for me to come here in the summer but I am loving it here. I am very happy, I am a tough critic on myself but I am proud to be a part of the club and represent the badge. We have a great dressing room, a great coaching staff and I am delighted to be here and it is a privilege to be a part of it.

"You can always improve and there are always parts in games where I know I could have done better but it is about taking that information on board, learning and improving. The set up here is great and it is the right environment to learn and develop in.

"The coaching staff give us confidence and self belief and they are great to work with. The dressing room is tight knit, it is a good group to be a part of and we know we have to play well and train well otherwise you are out of the team. We have to perform, both on the pitch and in training to keep hold of the shirt and that is how it should be.

"Salford are a dangerous team. You have to think they are in a false position in the league. They are a side with a lot of quality players and they can hurt any team. They will be looking to bounce back from last weekend and we have to be at it to try and get a result.

"The support we have had this year has been special. We took another big away following last week and it is obvious that this is very much a club at the centre of the community. We need to continue to make Sixfields a tough place to come and the fans are very important with that. They are a credit to themselves and we very much appreciate their support. Hopefully we will see a big crowd at Sixfields on Saturday for another big game."

Tickets for Saturday's game are available now via ntfcdirect.co.uk


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