Brady tells Cobblers to stay on 'an even keel' as they prepare for Hull City test
Cobblers boss Jon Brady has warned his players they have to stay on an 'even keel' despite their crucial 1-0 win over Shrewsbury Town at the PTS Academy Stadium on Good Friday.
The Cobblers' win, coupled with defeat for all of their relegation rivals in Sky Bet League One, ensured they moved up to 19th in the table, and three points clear of the bottom four.
Top-scorer Ryan Watson netted the only goal of a scrappy game in the 27rth-minute, as the Cobblers made it four wins out of their past five home games.
Town now face a tough trip to leaders Hull City on Easter Monday, and Brady has told his players they have to back up Friday's win with another positive performance.
"We have achieved nothing, just three points in our aim to do what we need to do," said Brady after the win over the Shrews.
"We have been in this position before in terms of our home form and winning at home, which is very good now, that is four wins out of five.
"But it is about backing it up.
"It will be very tough at Hull, but we just have to keep an even keel on this. We are getting closer to where we need to be, but with this game, one time you are up, then next time you are down."
Shrewsbury assistant boss Aaron Wilbraham felt his side paid the price for a sloppy first-half performance.
"It was a scrappy game and we knew it would be a tough place to come," he said
"We didn't start the game the best and got involved in a bit of a battle, and then found ourselves a goal down which meant we were on the back foot against a team that is fighting for everything.
"That means they can make it hard, they have something to hold on to, and we don't want to give teams in that position a leg up.
"In the second half we dominated the game, but sometimes things don't go our way. We put some great balls in but the ball wasn't falling to us in the box.
"We controlled the game and huffed and puffed, but we didn't finish any of the chances off."
Hull stayed top of league one on Friday courtesy of a stoppage time winner at Crewe Alexandra, the 2-1 victory ensuring they stay a point clear of second-placed Peterborough United, who won 1-0 at Fleetwood.