’We let ourselves down, we let the manager down and we let the fans down’

Nicky Adams
Nicky Adams

Club captain Nicky Adams admits the Cobblers ‘let everyone down’ with their first-half performance in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Scunthorpe United.

Town laboured out of the traps at Glanford Park and were made to pay as United powered into a 3-0 lead through Lee Novak’s brace and another for Kevin van Veen.

It was always a long way back from there and once striker Vadaine Oliver saw red shortly after half-time, a second successive defeat went from likely to inevitable. 

“It’s not good enough and we don’t accept that as a group,” said Adams. “We let ourselves down, we let the manager and his staff down and we let the fans down – and we don’t hide from that.

“We put the onus on ourselves and it’s not acceptable and it’s not good enough. I was going to put a tweet out after the game but I was just so disappointed with how we performed.

“It’s not like us, especially first-half. In the second-half we showed a bit of fight and a bit of grit with 10 men after Vadaine was wrongly sent off, in my opinion, but it wasn’t acceptable from us.”

At full-time on Saturday Adams went over to the away supporters to apologise for their poor performance. 

“The fans are great,” he added. “I’ve got a brilliant relationship with them and even at the end of the game on Saturday I went over and clapped them because that’s what it’s all about.

“Myself, Charlie (Goode), Macca (Alan McCormack) and a few others said sorry because we know it’s not acceptable, even though we got plaudits for carrying on and trying in the second-half.

“My mate Jamie Proctor said their manager went mad after the game because 10 men popped them off the park but we can’t wait to go 3-0 down to play well. It’s gone now and there’s nothing we can do about it.”