Cobblers defender Robertson: We have to stop ‘shooting ourselves in the foot’

FAMILIAR STORY - Gregor Robertson in action during Saturday's defeat to Plymouth Argyle (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
FAMILIAR STORY - Gregor Robertson in action during Saturday's defeat to Plymouth Argyle (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Gregor Robertson says he’s sick of saying and hearing the same things in the Cobblers changing room after defeats, and admitted he and his team-mates ‘keep shooting ourselves in the foot’.

Northampton went down 3-2 at the hands of Plymouth Argyle at Sixfields on Saturday, a late fightback from 3-0 down not doing enough to paper over the cracks of what was, for the most part, an abject showing.

The defeat was the Cobblers’ seventh in their past nine Sky Bet League Two matches, and saw them drop to 16th in the table, six points above the relegation zone.

It was a performance that led to Chris Wilder pulling no punches in his post-match assessment, with the angry and exasperated manager even hinting that for one or two players the match against Pilgrims could be the end of the Cobblers road.

And Robertson isn’t going to start making any sort of excuses either.

Asked if there had been a lengthy and heated inquest following the loss at Sixfields, the Scotsman said: “I wouldn’t say that was the case, I would say we are just sick of saying the same things.

“We have done it in the past, and there’s not really been that much of an inquest because we have said it all before, and it’s not good enough. In all likelihood, there is probably going to have to be changes.

“Plymouth were decent, but it doesn’t help when you give them a goal after a minute or whatever it was, that makes it a lot easier for any side.

“They have then ran through a lot of challenges for the second goal as well.

“They were decent, and Reuben Reid is a handful up front, but it’s all the same things we have been saying before, we keep shooting ourselves in the foot and giving away sloppy goals.”

The Cobblers travel to Carlisle United for what is an absolutely crucial match on Saturday after the Cumbrians dropped to second bottom in league two with their 2-0 loss at Exeter City at the weekend.

A defeat for Northampton will see Wilder’s men very much in the relegation picture, and Robertson says every single player has to take responsibility and improve their own performance levels to ensure that the team gets close to playing to its potential.

“I am not going to stand here and pick people out,” said Roberston when asked if he felt some players in the squad weren’t producing the goods.

“If we are honest, every one of us has not done it at certain points of the season, and if there is a handful of people not doing it in one game, then you get what you saw on Saturday.

“I know I have not been at it in some games, and it is the same with everyone.

“We have to look at ourselves, do better individually, and then collectively that will lead to better performances as well.”