Brady backing the Cobblers to find their shooting boots as they bid secure safety

Jon Brady is confident the Cobblers are going to be able to score enough goals to keep them in Sky Bet League One this season.

By Jeremy Casey
Friday, 2nd April 2021, 7:01 am
Ryan Watson is the Cobblers' top scorer in the league this season, with six goals
Ryan Watson is the Cobblers' top scorer in the league this season, with six goals

Hitting the net has been a problem all campaign for Town, proved by the fact they are comfortably the lowest scorers in the division having managed just 32 goals in their 38 matches and the fact their top scorer in the league is midfielder Ryan Watson, with six.

The team with next worst scoring record are AFC Wimbledon, who have netted 36 goals in two fewer games.

The home stats make for even worse reading, as the Cobblers have scored just 15 times in 19 games - failing to hit the net in 12 of those fixtures.

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But the fact that seven of those 15 goals have come in the past four matches under Brady does give some cause for optimism as the Cobblers prepare to host Shrewsbury Town at the PTS Academy Stadium on Friday.

Brady certainly still believes his team is capable of hitting the target on a more regular basis, and that he and fellow coaches Marc Richards and Ian Sampson are working hard to try and make it happen.

"Things can turn and you have got to keep believing," said Brady. "And this is where you have to make the difference.

"If the quality is better in that final third, the decision making is better, you find your strikers more and other players chip in as well, and you can never give up on that.

"You have to keep believing, you have to keep working with individuals, you have to keep showing them 'these are the areas, this is what we need to do', tell them to relax a little more, take a touch out of their feet, just simple, technical little things.

"But our delivery and our decision making has to be much better to give ourselves those opportunities.

"In the first eight games we had, the chances we made were incredible, but it has dropped off a little bit at the minute and I am the first to put my hands up for that.

"But it's not as if the reminders haven't been given to the players, and sometimes when you are a manager or a coach you have to keep reinforcing those messages, because some days it doesn't work out.

"You then have to keep going with the beliefs you have got.

"Sometimes with these players we have to get them out of a mindset, because they do revert to type a little bit and we are trying to change that mindset."

It is certainly getting down to crunch time for Brady and the Cobblers now, as they have just eight games left to play.

They are out of the relegation zone on goal difference alone and face a very tough run-in that sees them play five of the current top seven, including having to travel to play the top three.

But Brady is keeping calm and doing his job, and he believes he, Richards and Sampson have had a positive impact on the club since stepping into their roles following the sacking of Keith Curle at the beginning of February.

"I am not thinking about pressure, or anything like that," said Brady.

"I have been asked to do a role that I am giving my absolute best to, and even though the points don't look like it, I feel that we have made positive change.

"You look around the building and what we have done with the players, we have scored a lot more goals, although not of late, and I feel the messages we are giving the players we are giving them every opportunity to win games of football.

"It might not look like that at times, but you can only do so much, you can only work on things so much, and if they don't come to fruition you have got to try and find another way.

"We are doing everything we can to try and stay above that line, and by the end of this, looking at it right now, I have no regrets on everything we have done so far, none whatsoever."

And is Brady enjoying what is a tough job?

"I think it would be selfish to say I am enjoying it," said the former Brackley Town boss.

"I am in the moment to do the best I can and I don't want to let myself enjoy it and sit back and go 'I am loving this!'.

"No, I am in here to make a difference and keep us up, as simple as that."