Rose felt Cobblers 'played a lot more football' under Brady

Striker enjoyed opening game under caretaker manager despite another defeat
Danny Rose.Danny Rose.
Danny Rose.

Cobblers striker Danny Rose says it 'felt a lot better' being on the pitch during Jon Brady's first game in charge on Saturday - despite losing 2-0 to Burton Albion.

Town adopted a different style under their caretaker manager compared to previous boss Keith Curle, with a clear emphasis on keeping the ball on the deck.

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"It was the same result but it felt a lot better playing the game out there," said Rose. "There were more options on the ball and I thought we played a lot more football than we have been doing.

"The pitch is tough. It's bobbly, it's lively and it's hard to play football on and that's what we want to do now - put on a bit of a show. We did get a bit of criticism for the way we played before.

"But I think we created more chances (on Saturday). Watto (Ryan Watson) hit the crossbar and I had my header but goals change games and that's the bottom line.

"The free-kick is dubious because I don't think there's any intention from Cian (Bolger) to pass it back to the goalkeeper. Even their players were saying on the pitch 'how has the referee given that?'

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"We then have to chase the game and we get caught on the break so the scoreline was harsh on us, but that's the way it goes. There are 19 more games and we have to take positives from the performance.

"All it takes is a couple of wins. Other teams have turned their form around and now we need to do the same."

In both of the past two games, Town have struggled to muster a response after going 1-0 down to relegation rivals.

"That's exactly what we spoke about in the dressing room," Rose added. "We have a mentality at the minute where we're not scoring and we get a bit panicky.

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"That mentality needs to change and a game like Saturday, we just need to play it out as a 0-0. But that's not happening at the moment because we're conceding soft goals. We're not being cut open by great play.

"It's sad but there's still a lot of belief in the group and we 100 per cent believe we can stay in the division. It's carnage at the bottom and there are a lot of teams around us so we need to start picking up points."