Ambitious Goode has aspirations to play in higher divisions

Town skipper Charlie Goode has ambitions to play in 'higher leagues' - and that starts by helping the Cobblers win promotion this season.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 1:19 pm
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 1:20 pm
Charlie Goode was named man of the match for his display against Derby. Picture: Pete Norton

The 24-year-old first came to the attention of Northampton fans 12 months ago when he joined the club on loan from Scunthorpe United.

An impressive second half of the season at the PTS led to his move becoming permanent in the summer and he's gone from strength-to-strength ever since.

And he proved he can produce the goods against high-quality attacks when shutting out Derby County in Friday's FA Cup tie.

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"It's a massive boost for me," said Goode. "I've said before that I feel I haven't lived up to my potential as a professional yet but since I came to Northampton, from this time last year, I think I'm really starting to show what I'm about.

"'I'm ambitious and I want to play in higher leagues and that starts by trying to help this club get promoted, so to come up against players like Derby have and do really well is a great achievement."

Cobblers held the Championship Rams to a goalless draw in front of a sold-out Sixfields on Friday.

"The atmosphere was brilliant and full credit to the fans because they were outstanding," Goode added.

"From minute one to the last they drove us on and I think I got the most of it because we must have had about 50 throw-ins!

"But I heard them every time I went over to take one and now we've got them an away day to go and travel in the numbers and hopefully we can get a good result.

"I don't really know where the long throws have come from because I never really had one previously but as I've started taking them this season they've been getting longer and longer!"

The draw extended Town's unbeaten home run to 10 matches in all competitions.

Goode continued: "I've spoken earlier in the season that we're trying to make this place a fortress and that doesn't change no matter who we play, even if it's a Championship side.

"We made it difficult for them and looking at the game I think we probably had the better of the chances."