Kerslake confident ahead of Southend trip as Cobblers’ momentum builds

Cobblers assistant boss David Kerslake

Cobblers assistant boss David Kerslake

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Assistant boss David Kerslake believes the Cobblers have built up crucial momentum ahead of Saturday’s trip to promotion-chasing Southend United.

And he says if the team can maintain that, then ‘you never know where you might end up’.

It is the one thing the manager keeps banging on about, saying ‘let’s try and get some momentum’. I think if you can do that, particularly in the latter stages of the season, then you never know where you might end up

Cobblers assistant boss David Kerslake

Town travel to the south east coast fresh from back-to-back Sixfields wins over relegation strugglers Chesterfield and Swindon Town, results that have seen the Cobblers move eight points clear of the bottom four.

Indeed, under new boss Justin Edinburgh the Cobblers have won three of their past four games to ease their own relegation concerns.

And although Southend on their own patch are sure to prove a tougher proposition than the team has faced in recent weeks, Kerslake says confident at Sixfields is high.

“I think if you look at football, any team in any league that has momentum is going to be okay,” said Kerslake, who was also assistant to Edinburgh at Gillingham.

“It is the one thing the manager keeps banging on about, saying ‘let’s try and get some momentum’.

“I think if you can do that, particularly in the latter stages of the season, then you never know where you might end up.”

Edinburgh and Kerslake have made an instant impact since taking over from Rob Page, and the assistant boss, who previously worked at Sixfielders as number two to Colin Calderwood, says it is all down to the players’ attitude and renewed belief.

“It’s not our squad because we haven’t been able to do too much, but certainly we have got to know the players a lot better, and they have got to know how the manager works,” said Kerslake.

“There is a nice feel about the place that I guess may have been missing previously for whatever reason, but they are a good bunch of boys here.

“There is a togetherness about the squad, and it has been a good start for us.”