Clarity the key for Brady after electric Cobblers stun Portsmouth

Town storm out of the bottom four but Brady keeps his feet on the ground

Saturday, 6th March 2021, 5:57 pm
Jon Brady.
Jon Brady.

Cobblers boss Jon Brady felt clarity was the key for his team after their stunning 4-1 victory over promotion-chasing Portsmouth on Saturday.

Town scored four times in the space of 23 first-half minutes as they put their former Premier League visitors to the sword.

Ryan Watson's spectacular form continued with two goals in two minutes, including a wonderful free-kick, before Fraser Horsfall's header made it three and then a majestic effort by Sam Hoskins added the gloss to a remarkable first-half.

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Pompey inevitably dominated possession in the second 45 minutes but only managed one shot on target, which was Ellis Harrison's late consolation from the penalty spot.

Cobblers are now out of the relegation zone and have recorded back-to-back wins for the first time all season.

"I'm delighted," said Brady. "The boys worked extremely hard and they got their rewards for it, especially in the first-half.

"You can see from the organisation out there that the players have clarity in their roles and responsibilities. We're closing off spaces and we're not letting teams break us down.

"We're getting bodies into the box when we get forward and if we're not doing certain things, we'll ask the players why because they now know their roles and responsibilities inside and out.

"There's clarity between every player and they're connected between units and we're really working on this connection all over the pitch. We feel it's paying us dividends at the moment.

"It's important to be out of the bottom four but we're nowhere near out of the danger zone. We need to keep working."