Boothroyd says there’s still life in the Cobblers’ long throw tactic

STILL A THREAT - Ben Tozer winds up for a long throw
STILL A THREAT - Ben Tozer winds up for a long throw

Aidy Boothroyd does not believe the Cobblers’ long throw has been ‘worked out’ and feels it will become a key weapon once again this season.

Town’s goals from the tactic have dried up in recent months and the player who has the long throw, Ben Tozer, found himself out of the side for the first time last weekend.

Kevin Amankwaah and Ian Morris both also possess long throws, but although the former played in the game against Scunthorpe United last week, all throw-ins were played short.

Boothroyd, though, does not believe the team’s ability to score from the method has ended, and feels it will still prove a useful source of goals when certain key players return to fitness.

“I don’t think teams have worked out that aspect of our play,” he said.

“I think the reason it was such an area of strength last season was that we had Kelvin Langmead, Clarke Carlisle, Clive Platt and Adebayo Akinfenwa in our team.

“No matter how big a team you are, they are very difficult players to mark and we managed to score a lot of goals from it.

“We’re not quite as big this year, and therefore teams are making sure they stop the big players that we do have.

“We’re having to find different ways of scoring from set plays, but when everyone is fit we will have a good combination of flair and strength.

“Kelvin got all those goals last season because he can run more or less where he likes to and because we can get the ball to him in those areas.”

The Cobblers are in Sky Bet League Two action this afternoon when they host Exeter City at Sixfields (ko 3pm).

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