Goalkeeper Mitchell feels he should have stopped Crewe's winning goal

Town's stopper frustrated not to keep another clean sheet

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 12:39 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd March 2021, 12:40 pm
Jonathan Mitchell.

Cobblers goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell admitted he felt he could have done more to stop Crewe's winning goal during Saturday's League One fixture at the PTS.

Owen Dale was played through by Luke Murphy with 16 minutes to go and managed to squeeze the ball past Mitchell from an acute angle.

Asked if he felt he could have done better for the goal, Mitchell said: "Yes, definitely. I want to stop everything that comes my way.

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"I think maybe I took a half-step and got dragged out of position so I'm disappointed with that - probably more disappointed than anybody else for the goal.

"It's been pleasing to get a few clean sheets lately but I'm as disappointed as anybody when the ball goes back of the net - I need to keep doing my job and keep as many clean sheets between now and the end of the season."

Town were out-of-sorts from start to finish on Saturday and missed a golden opportunity to move out of the relegation zone.

"I don't think it was good enough from us today," admitted Mitchell. "We know we can be a lot better than that on the ball and to concede late on was obviously really disappointing.

"We feel we've got to be so much better than we were today, as we have been in previous weeks, but we're frustrated with the goal because at worst we've got to grind it out for a 0-0.

"It's difficult to put your finger on it but we will watch it back because we've been far better than that before and we've got to look ahead to another big game on Tuesday.

"We're still in the mix and we're not going to give up. It's a disappointing one and a really frustrating one but we will keep fighting and keep grinding to get results and try to bounce back against Oxford."