Character of Cobblers pleases Brady after 'scrappy' Rovers draw

Late spot-kick keeps Town's head above water - for now

Saturday, 10th April 2021, 6:08 pm
Updated Saturday, 10th April 2021, 6:12 pm
Jon Brady.
Jon Brady.

Cobblers boss Jon Brady praised the character of his team after they pulled off a rare feat in coming from 1-0 down to claim a potentially precious point against Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Not since the opening day of the season and a 2-2 draw with AFC Wimbledon had Town conceded the opening goal and not lost the game, although Saturday's result did little to ease their relegation fears.

Sam Hoskins slotted home a late penalty to cancel out Luke Leahy's early goal and ensure Cobblers remain outside the bottom four, but Swindon, Rochdale, Wigan and Wimbledon all have games in hand.

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"Before the game, I felt we had the quality to beat them," said Brady. "But it was a scrappy affair and it was another fight with a team in and around us.

"It's only the second time this season that the team has come back from 1-0 down and come away with a result so we've got to praise that character and that desire to get ourselves back into the game.

"I thought our subs made a real impact, which was really good. We gave away a soft goal from a corner but I felt, after that, we played some good stuff and Fraser (Horsfall) had a really good strike and the goalkeeper makes a great save.

"I feel when we went 4-2-3-1 it opened up a bit more but, again, it's just our quality in the final third because it needs to be better."