Brady hails 'turnaround' for Cobblers after they 'out-footballed' MK Dons

Interim boss adamant Saturday's display was a 'step forward' despite defeat
Cobblers racked up countless chances against MK Dons.Cobblers racked up countless chances against MK Dons.
Cobblers racked up countless chances against MK Dons.

Caretaker boss Jon Brady believes the Cobblers are making significant progress in the right direction after they 'out-footballed' Milton Keynes Dons at Stadium MK on Saturday.

Town were eventually beaten 4-3 in a thrilling League One encounter as they succumbed to late goals by Cameron Jerome and Charlie Brown having led 3-2 with 12 minutes to go.

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However, despite the final outcome, Brady had plenty of reasons to be delighted with his side's performance, particularly in the second-half when they dominated one of the division's most 'stylish' teams.

Town also broke their goal duck in emphatic fashion as Fraser Horsfall, Ryan Watson and Peter Kioso all scored, while Ryan Edmondson and Mark Marshall both hit the woodwork.

"I think, psychologically, it'll give them confidence that they can score now," said Brady. "It should have been a lot more too because there were some really good chances - there were open goals!

"But that will do a lot to free their minds, especially for the attacking players. We're now getting so many entries into the opposition's final third now, it's incredible.

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"If you look at the stats, we're nearly tripling the stats compared to previously. You also have to keep clean sheets to win games but we took 20 shots and had 10 on target and created some unbelievable chances. With a bit more composure, the game could have gone totally the other way.

"What a turnaround to compared to what people have probably seen before with the football we played. I think MK Dons only had nine shots so we've doubled them and they're one of the most attacking, stylish teams in this league. I would say we out-footballed them.

"We didn't play smart in the last 10 minutes but we will learn and you can't take away anything from their effort because it was exceptional from everyone and now we're starting to score goals and we're starting to look like an attacking threat. We'll close that out, definitely.

"It's a step forward and I totally believe in the boys and I'm looking forward to the week ahead."

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Brady also hopes the fans are starting to believe ahead of a big week as Town play two relegation rivals in Rochdale and Swindon.

He added: "I hope all are fans are believing because we will get this right and the players will get this right. I keep saying, they're good players and the tide is turning.

"I still believe that today was a step forward - they just need to learn in the crucial areas that I've talked about."