Brady tells Cobblers to pick up from where they left off when Blackpool visit the PTS

Town finished with a bang against Gills and manager wants to see more of the same this weekend

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 3:00 pm
Jon Brady.

Jon Brady wants his players to continue from where they left off against Gillingham when Blackpool visit the PTS Academy Stadium this weekend.

Town ended the game at Priestfield all guns blazing and scored twice in four minutes to recover from 2-0 down before pushing for a dramatic winner in the closing stages.

It made amends for their slow start and kept them in the survival hunt – and Brady wants to see more of that urgency and energy in the final two games of the season.

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“That was the talk after the game,” said Brady. “What amazing spirit and wouldn’t you love us to play with that energy and tempo for the full 90 minutes? My word, it would be fantastic!

“But there are moments in football and you know from playing and managing that there are so many variables.

“You shouldn’t be reactive – you should be proactive – but sometimes, it’s how the team is feeling and how the players on the pitch are feeling and we have to dictate that.

“We can’t go into the game and be a little bit submissive but unfortunately I felt we were in the first-half at Gillingham. That’s not what we wanted at all.

“It can be hard against a team like that because they are extremely direct and if you let them get a bit of momentum, before you know it, everything is going into your box and you’ve got to defend it.

“But it’ll be a very different preposition this Saturday.”

Despite his side's impressive comeback at Priestfield though, Brady admitted he had mixed emotions when getting on the team bus after the game.

He added: "The spirit is very good in the camp but I'll be honest, I got on the coach after the game and I was confused by the way I felt.

"On one side, I was quite up and the other part of me was a little bit down because I knew we had opportunities to win and we could have made up a bit more ground on the chasing pack.

"But, overall, there's got to be a sense of pride. By the 78th minute, we were dead and buried but the boys showed that never say die and never give in attitude and spirit.

"They galvanised themselves and got themselves into a position to come back to 2-2. Yes, OK, they hit the post as well and they were in for the drama, but for the last five minutes, we were banging the door down - we just couldn't get that third goal."