Brady will only pick a team that is 'up for the fight' after Cobblers wilt at Swindon

'Our problem at the moment is that we are giving away individual errors in key moments of the game and we're panicking under pressure.'

Monday, 1st March 2021, 12:53 pm
Updated Monday, 1st March 2021, 12:54 pm
Jon Brady.
Jon Brady.

Caretaker boss Jon Brady says he will only pick a team that is 'up for the fight' when Cobblers host Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday after their winless run stretched to 11 league games.

Town lost 2-1 at Swindon on Saturday and are now at the very foot of Sky Bet League One, two points from safety having played more games than several teams above them. Their last win came against Gillingham in December.

"Our problem at the moment is that we are giving away individual errors in key moments of the game and we're panicking under pressure," said Brady. "You can't win games of football if you keep giving goals to the opposition. The opposition never has to work hard to score because we give it to them.

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"We came with our gameplan (on Saturday) and we dominated. We weren't out our best for sure - I told my hands up there - but we still should have gone into half-time with a 1-0 lead."

Despite their poor form and lowly league position, Brady still feels Town have the necessary quality to survive this season - but only if they are prepared to scrap for the points on a regular basis.

"I believe there's enough to keep us in this division but they have to be consistent in their actions, simple as that," he added.

"There's good players in the changing room, there is. But in this current situation, when you're in a relegation battle, first and foremost, as we saw against Rochdale on Tuesday, it's not going to be pretty and it's not going to be easy.

"You can't just turn up and play great football - you know you're going to need to fight and to battle to gain the ascendency in the game and then you play on top of that.

"It's the consistency. Yes, we do it at times, but it's the consistency where we feel we have done enough, but we have never done enough from the first whistle until the final whistle.

"There's an acceptance and every individual needs to be accountable for their actions and what they do. We must change.

"First and foremost I need to pick a team which is up for the fight on Tuesday night and ready to fight for their lives."