Brady rues poor first-half display and wasteful finishing after Crawley defeat

'It's a bit of a smash and grab from them in my opinion because they had one chance all game.'

Saturday, 8th January 2022, 6:03 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th January 2022, 6:04 pm
Jon Brady.

Cobblers boss Jon Brady rued a combination of a poor first-half performance and wasteful finishing after his side were beaten 1-0 by Crawley Town on Saturday.

Tom Nichols scored the only goal of the game late in the first-half to snap Northampton's five-game winning run at Sixfields.

The home side improved immeasurably after a lacklustre and passive opening 45 minutes, but despite creating plenty in the second-half, they could not find an equaliser.

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"It didn't quite happen for us today," admitted Brady. "From 60 minutes onwards we dominated and had 14 chances.

"We hit the bar and we had a one-on-one and on another day those chances go in, but I felt we lashed at a lot of our chances and we didn't have that composure.

"It's a bit of a smash and grab from them in my opinion because they had one chance all game.

"We had 61 per cent possession and 21 chances but in the first-half we weren't purposeful enough.

"We did our best in training in the week and we made the changes at half-time and I thought they made a big difference in the second half.

"But our decision-making and our purposefulness wasn't good enough in the first-half and we didn't take responsibility.

"We had a few choice words at half-time and I demanded more and I thought we looked a lot better.

"We had enough chances to win the game but it just wouldn't go in for us."