Edmondson urged to stop being so hard on himself after Leeds loanee ends barren run against Gillingham

But fellow forward Alex Jones had a day to forget after missing first-half sitter

Monday, 26th April 2021, 5:10 pm
Updated Monday, 26th April 2021, 5:12 pm
Ryan Edmondson.

Leeds United loanee Ryan Edmondson has been urged to stop being so hard on himself and instead focus on his positive attributes after ending a seven-game goalless run.

It was an afternoon of contrasting fortunes for two of the four Cobblers strikers that featured during Saturday's 2-2 draw at Gillingham.

In the first-half, Alex Jones squandered a glaring opportunity to equalise when sent through on goal by an errant back pass, miscuing high and wide with only goalkeeper Jack Bonham to beat.

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But after Olly Lee had added to Vadaine Oliver's opener, hope was restored by Edmondson who scored just his second Cobblers goal when sweeping into the bottom corner with 11 minutes to go.

Only minutes earlier, the 19-year-old had been denied by a brilliant flying save by Bonham.

"We made substitutions and the boys who came had a big impact," said Brady. "Marshy's done exceptionally well, Caleb's done exceptionally well, Rosey's done brilliantly and it was brilliant for Edmo to get his goal.

"Like any striker, it's important to get on the score sheet and with a lot of strikers, when they do score, they tend to come in little bundles.

"He's got to build on that. He's a young man and it's more on the mental side for him because he's been very tough on himself and we've tried to take that pressure away and build on his good points.

"We talk about what the players can do rather than what they can't do and he's probably tougher on himself than anyone else, but as a striker I believe you've always got to look at the positives and take a chance.

"It's more on the psychological side with him but he should build on it and he has to build on it because he was a big part of helping to change the game for us."

Jones' first-half miss was a surprise given how he has impressed since joining the club last month.

"As a striker, AJ will know it was a good chance," Brady added. "From a coaching viewpoint and a technical viewpoint, you've got to keep the momentum and make the goalkeeper make a decision and react off that.

"You go either way or you go around him and he's got the quality to do it, but again we're talking about a lad who's been out of the game for a year and a half and these things are instinctive.

"It comes through repetition, repetition and repetition and these are the trade-offs that we talk about, but in the end we found a way and we found a way to stay in the fight."