Cresswell praises team ethic as Cobblers keep third clean sheet in a row

GOAL JOY - Ryan Creswell celebrates scoring in the 3-0 win over Newport (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
GOAL JOY - Ryan Creswell celebrates scoring in the 3-0 win over Newport (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Ryan Cresswell feels the hard work of the whole Cobblers team has contributed to the keeping of three successive clean sheets.

Town haven’t conceded since Shaquile Coulthirst notched for Southed United in the 1-1 draw on January 3, a run of five hours and 13 minutes.

A big factor in that has been the ability of Chris Wilder to name a settled back four, something he has continued to do despite the availability of centre-back Zander Diamond after a hamstring injury.

Cresswell, who scored his third goal of the season in the weekend win over Newport, feels that the side’s work ethic is another contributing factor.

“It’s about hard work,” he said. “The lads have been really working hard and it was a tough period around November and December but we grafted through it.

“We knew that it was going to turn around and the performance on Saturday really showed the discipline that there is in the squad.

“The lads are all mucking in together, I know we’ve got a clean sheet and because of that you look at the defence but the lads in front of us are working their socks off too.

“They’re closing down their full-backs, their centre-backs and their goalkeeper and it was a really good squad performance.”

Cresswell now has three goals to his name for the season but felt the latest one was overdue after seeing two attempts cleared off the line against Dagenham last week and a shot hit the bar prior to his goal against Newport.

“It was about time,” he said. “It’s great to score a goal and that’s why I’m up there for set-pieces.

“I’ve scored quite a few in recent years and I was due one.

“With the delivery Joel (Byrom) has got, you will always get a chance and I just managed to get my head on one.”