Cobblers given McWilliams boost as Brady weighs up changes for Charlton clash due to 'brutal' schedule

Trip to The Valley will be Town's seventh successive midweek game

Monday, 8th March 2021, 3:08 pm
Shaun McWilliams.
Shaun McWilliams.

Jon Brady will weigh up whether or not to make changes to his team for Tuesday's trip to Charlton Athletic in order to 'protect' his players from the 'brutal' fixture list.

Tomorrow's game at The Valley will be Town's seventh successive midweek fixture and 11th of 12 games in the space of 37 days.

Brady named the same team for victorious against Portsmouth and Plymouth and in an ideal world he would probably pick another unchanged side to take on Charlton, but that might not be possible.

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However, every player did train on Monday, including midfielder Shaun McWilliams, and Bryn Morris is back available after being ineligible to face his parent club at the weekend.

"Shaun trained today," confirmed Brady. "Everybody trained today. But we have to look at the trade-off and the risk and reward with everyone.

"The schedule is brutal on the players at the moment with all the Saturday, Tuesday games. It's relentless and it's important to get it right because we don't want to lose anyone for three or four weeks so there are decisions to make.

"We have a couple of niggles here and there but Nacho is doing a great job with them and if it's a case of having to protecting one or two, we have to do that.

"But if anyone does come in, they'll be ready to go because we've topped up the group and we've got the balance right. Michael Harriman came in on Saturday and I thought he was excellent.

"He looked sharp, he looked strong, he defended well and he was aggressive so I feel we're getting the balance right for those who haven't been on the pitch as much."