Brady backing Cobblers to give leaders Hull City a stern Easter Monday test

Jon Brady says the Cobblers have the belief they can go to Sky Bet League One leaders Hull City and claim three more precious points on Easter Monday (ko 3pm).

Monday, 5th April 2021, 7:03 am
Cobblers boss Jon Brady
Cobblers boss Jon Brady

Buoyed by the 1-0 Good Friday success over Shrewsbury Town, the Cobblers travel to the north east coast in good spirits and three points clear of the relegation zone.

But tests don't come much tougher at the moment that taking on the league leaders in their own backyard, with the Tigers currently on an eight-match unbeaten run, having won six of those.

They haven't lost at home since going down 1-0 to Ipswich Town on February 23, but Brady is confident his team can cause Grant McCann's table-toppers problems.

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"We always believe, and we will go to Hull to try and win the game again," said the Cobblers boss.

"We have watched them, but I have got to say I have got to do a lot of prep and it doesn't stop.

"What I wanted to do was have my attention and focus on the Shrewsbury game, and not have an eye on anything else.

"But I know about Hull, I know how they play, and we will be prepped, ready and organised.

"We are showing we don't give much away in terms of the way we defend, and we will have to be at our very best on Monday. The boys will have to get ready to go again."

Brady is likely to field the same team that saw off the Shrews at the PTS Academy Stadium, as he has made it clear he feels his options are severely limited.

Midfielder Jack Sowerby has been ruled out for the campaign, while loan winger Mickel Miller is unlikely to play again this term either.

Brady does have the option of calling on the experience of Alan Sheehan, who made a late substitute appearance against the Shrews, but whoever does start the Town boss will expect them to make life difficult for Hull.

"We defend from the front, and we can talk about the defenders on Friday, but Danny Rose again had that spring in his step that he had in the game against Oxford," said Brady.

"He wasn't quite at it against AFC Wimbledon even though he gave everything he had, but on Friday he was great defensively, and as a team we defend from the front and are hard to beat.

"Teams can't play through our lines, and you look at Friday, Shrewsbury had one tame shot from about 20 yards which went straight into Mitch's (Jonathan Mitchell's) hands.

"That has pretty much been our story, we don't give much away."

And he added: "As people have seen from the 13 games we have played, we will be ultra-organised.

"It is how we find a way, and there is nothing better than being the underdog is there?"

Hull maintained their status as league leaders thanks to a stoppage time winner at Crewe Alexandra on Friday.

Following Monday's trip to Yorkshire, the Cobblers are back at home next Saturday when they face a relegation six-pointer against Bristol Rovers.