Cobblers striker McKay happy to stay in the shadows

BILLY McKAY says he's more than happy to be the Cobblers striker that nobody talks about.

The 21-year-old frontman, who the club confirmed this week they will be taking up an option to keep at Sixfields for a second year, has Bradford City in his sights this weekend after opening the scoring in last week's crucial win over Shrewsbury.

But McKay's name is not likely to be the one on people's lips at Valley Parade – instead Bantams boss Peter Taylor and his players will be concentrating on stopping Adebayo Akinfenwa.

It's a situation that suits McKay, who has flown under the radar to score eight goals so far this term, down to the ground.

"Whenever we go away from home you always read in the other team's programme that the main target is Bayo," he said. "They're always talking about he's our key man and that gives me a bit of room to play my game. I like it that way. Bayo and I have had a pretty good partnership all year and hopefully we can keep that going into the final two games."

McKay's verdict of his maiden season in senior football is that it has been a mixed bag.

The youngster, signed after a successful trial period in the summer following his release by Leicester City, is not happy with the first half of his year but is pleased with the progress he made after Christmas.

All of which, he says, hinged on a Boxing Day goal against Dagenham & Redbridge that didn't look like it crossed the line but was awarded anyway.

"I wasn't happy with the first half of the season but I'm happy with how the second half has gone," he said.

"Next year I want to start the season how I've finished this one, if I can do that then I should be able to get plenty of goals. I think the lucky goal against Dagenham that went my way gave me a lot of confidence.

"It could have gone the other way, the linesman could have decided that the ball didn't cross the line and my confidence could've gone the other way, but it didn't."