Brady grateful to 'finally' get a Tuesday off - but rival teams look to capitalise

AFC Wimbledon host Wigan Athletic in the big game at the bottom

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 5:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 5:54 pm
Jon Brady.

Cobblers boss Jon Brady admits he's somewhat relieved to 'finally' have a full week of training with his players for the first time since taking charge.

Brady replaced Keith Curle more than a month ago but has been met by a relentless fixture list since, overseeing nine matches in just 31 days.

But Town's run of seven successive Tuesday games comes to an end this week, allowing Brady and his players much-needed time to rest and recover and also go through some tactical work.

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"Finally we have a spare week now," said Brady. "It's been relentless but we've got a lot to build-on. Their organisation and attitude has been second-to-none and all we need to do is get some key work done on the training ground.

"The fixture list has been relentless and it's relentless for everyone. We're in unprecedented times and it's unprecedented for the players in terms of what they've had to put their bodies through.

"We haven't done a lot of rotation in the past four games so we've expected a lot from that starting XI and it will be nice just to refresh and go into a game not feeling too sore or too stiff. Going into a game feeling fresh for a change will be great for these players."

Although Cobblers have the night off, there are some important games elsewhere in League One. The biggest of all sees bottom-of-the-table AFC Wimbledon host Wigan Athletic. Town know they will drop back into the relegation zone irrespective of the result of that fixture.

Bristol Rovers, one place and one point above Northampton, play their game in hand at managerless Charlton while Burton will look to put further space between themselves and the bottom six at Blackpool.