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Morris admits shot-shy Cobblers have to find their goal-den touch

GOALS NEEDED - midfielder Ian Morris says the Cobblers have to start finding the net more often (Picture: Kelly Cooper)

GOALS NEEDED - midfielder Ian Morris says the Cobblers have to start finding the net more often (Picture: Kelly Cooper)

 

Ian Morris acknowledges and accepts that the Cobblers will only improve their disastrous away form this season if they start scoring more goals.

Town have drawn a blank in 10 of their 13 away matches so far this season, with the latest scoreless afternoon coming in Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup second-round defeat at Grimsby Town.

Morris had probably Northampton’s best goalscoring opportunity in that game, a skimming near-post header than home keeper James McKeown did well to parry away for a corner.

But other chances were few and far between, and while the same could also be said for the home side, the lack of goals is a problem that has plagued Aidy Boothroyd’s side all season.

Only six contracted players have notched this term - Morris, Lee Collins, Gary Deegan, Clive Platt, Danny Emerton and Roy O’Donovan - with the rest being contributed by loanees.

That, and the damning statistic of 10 blanks in 13 away games, are situations that Morris knows must improve.

“Goals win games and we know the stats are poor on our part,” he said.

“We can’t just be relying on the lads up front, we’ve got to be creating more and scoring more right through the team.

“We need to start getting goals all over the pitch and we know we need to all start contributing more goals.

“I’ve only scored once myself this season so I include myself in that, we’ve got to keep chipping away.

“There have been times in every game that we’ve shown what we can do but we’ve got to start doing that for longer periods and for whole matches.

“It’s our consistency that has been lacking and that is what we need to improve urgently.”

 

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