Brady fired up for 'massive' derby encounter and demands Cobblers 'fight with everything we've got' against Posh
'It doesn’t matter in derbies where you are in the table. It’s a one-off game and it’s hugely important for us to show that we’re are giving everything for the cause.'
Cobblers boss Jon Brady will leave his players in no doubt as to the importance of beating rivals Peterborough United in Friday’s ‘massive’ game at London Road.
Town’s problems deepened further without playing this week as relegation rivals AFC Wimbledon, Wigan Athletic and Rochdale all picked up crucial wins on Tuesday.
Brady’s men are now back in the bottom four and with time and games fast running out, Friday’s trip across the border has taken on extra significance – for both teams.
But it is not a ground that holds fond memories for the Cobblers. They have lost all of their last six league games against Posh and haven’t beaten their closest rivals in any competition for 15 years.
And the task looks as daunting as ever this week because whilst Cobblers languish near the bottom of the table, in-form Posh are second and well on course for a return to the Championship.
But Brady, an ‘adopted Northamptonian’, will be doing everything he can to inspire an unlikely victory.
“It’s a massive game for the club and a massive game for us to show our fight, our endeavour and our willingness to fight for this football club with everything we’ve got,” said Town’s manager.
“It doesn’t matter in derbies where you are in the table. It’s a one-off game and it’s hugely important for us to show that we’re are giving everything for the cause.
“You can bring pride into it but it’s about being a professional footballer. For all our coaching staff, this is our hometown and this game is against our rivals and it is everything for us.
“We’ll prep the players and make no mistake, they know this is a local derby and they know that, to get a result against them, would be huge for this football club.
“We will keep giving everything we have got and that’s all we can ask for.”