Brady: Don't doubt the effort levels of Cobblers players
'For anyone out there thinking it’s a lack of effort, these boys are trying to back each other up like you wouldn’t believe and sometimes they’re over-covering, which leaves a big hole somewhere else.'
Cobblers caretaker boss Jon Brady says no-one should be in any doubt as to the desire and character of his team after they beat Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday evening.
Town had been on an 11-game winless run which culminated in dropping to the very foot of the Sky Bet League One table following defeat at Swindon on Saturday.
But Brady insists those struggles had nothing to do with the attitude of his players as he hailed their ‘immense character’ after collecting three priceless points at the PTS in midweek.
Brady said: “There has been individual errors in the last few games but they’re so desperate to do well and sometimes that means they over-cover each other instead of doing their roles and responsibilities first and foremost.
“For anyone out there thinking it’s a lack of effort, these boys are trying to back each other up like you wouldn’t believe and sometimes they’re over-covering, which leaves a big hole somewhere else.
“They end up being huge details and it has cost us, but I felt they took on board that information very well on Tuesday and that was a strong performance.
“We can’t help the individual errors that have happened but the boys have been kicked in the teeth and they have showed immense character to come together as a team.
“I feel that that’s the strength we need to draw on - how they came together and supported each other.”
Cobblers will need to replicate their performance levels at the weekend when Portsmouth visit the PTS.
Pompey are still very much in the promotion picture despite winning just one of their past five matches.
“It’ll be a tough challenge against Portsmouth but Plymouth were well in-form and they were a team that had just beaten Lincoln and can pass you off the pitch,” Brady added.
“We closed off spaces and denied them opportunities, but it’ll be a different type of challenge on Saturday.
“We’ve got to face up to that and build on Tuesday. It’s about how we deal with them out of possession and how we deal with them in possession, but we need everyone to come to the table.”