WATCH: Modest Mitchell plays down his heroics after spectacular saves against Gillingham

Goalkeeper brilliantly denied Dempsey, Samuel and MacDonald to ensure Town earned a draw

Monday, 26th April 2021, 1:55 pm
Jonathan Mitchell.

Cobblers goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell played down his heroics between the sticks at Priestfield on Saturday after making a string of brilliant stops to help preserve a point.

As the below video shows, Mitchell was at full stretch to keep out long-range efforts from Kyle Dempsey and Alex MacDonald, but the best of the lot came after 15 minutes when he reacted in double quick time to deny Dominic Samuel.

"It's always nice to make saves and do my job but we were all at it today and the lads dug us out from 2-0 down so the lads up front deserve credit," said Mitchell afterwards.

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"I think we rode our luck at times - they hit the post - but it evened itself out over the 90 minutes because we were unlucky on a couple of occasions as well, but we'll take it and now go into two massive games and look to get six points from them."

Mitchell's late stop from MacDonald's deflected effort came just after Town had completed a terrific comeback thanks to two goals in four minutes by Ryan Edmondson and Fraser Horsfall.

Several Cobblers players collapsed to the ground when the full-time whistle went, but that was more due to exhaustion rather than disappointment at not snatching all three points.

"We were never going to lie down and be beaten - we're going to fight all the way to the end," said Mitchell. "We've got two games left and we're looking to win them both.

"I think it was just exhaustion at the end. It was a hot day and we had just played 30, 35 minutes on the front foot and sprinting around all over the place and the lads were exhausted.

"We didn't quite get the third goal and get three points but it was a great effort and spirit to come from two goals down.

"Hopefully the fans know that we're not going to ever give in. We'll keep going and keep fighting. We have a great bunch of lads and very honest people here and we will give it our best shot in these next two games."