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SHANE GODDARD DELIGHTED AFTER YOUTH TEAM WIN FIFTH GAME IN A ROW

Reaction to Saturday's game

17 September 2023

Academy

SHANE GODDARD DELIGHTED AFTER YOUTH TEAM WIN FIFTH GAME IN A ROW

Reaction to Saturday's game

17 September 2023

Northampton Town Under 18s coach Shane Goddard is demanding more from his side after they returned to EFL Youth Alliance South East action with a 2-0 win at home to Stevenage on Saturday morning.

Josh Tomlinson and Harry Guess scored the young Cobblers’ goals as they extended their winning run to five games in all competitions, despite not being at their best.

“Stevenage’s shape made it difficult for us and we weren’t great at finding the solutions for that, which we’ve been good at recently,” Goddard said.

“We had to be resilient and find a way to win the game, and credit to the boys because their winning mentality is first class.

“They’re always in a game, they’re never beaten and they always believe that they’ve got a chance, which makes them a threat.

“From a performance point of view, we want to be better than that.

“I want to see us move the ball with better quality, make better decisions at times and be more disciplined in terms of game management.

“We’ve won the game, we’re on a winning run and we move onto Cogenhoe United away in the Northamptonshire FA Hillier Senior Cup on Tuesday, which will be another test for us.

“We’re in a positive place and we have to enjoy the victory.”

Midfielder Guess added his fourth goal in his last five matches as the Cobblers secured another victory.

“We weren’t at our best today, but we showed resilience in defending our box and keeping a clean sheet,” he added.

“Our standards need to be better because we want to keep up the winning run.

“For me personally, hopefully my goalscoring streak can continue as well.”


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