Aidy: Town will bounce back
Aidy Boothroyd has promised that Northampton will bounce back
from the misery of their limp League Two play-off final loss to
Goals from James Hanson, Rory McArdle and Nahki Wells earned
Bradford promotion to League One as the Cobblers were brushed aside
3-0, with all the goals arriving in the opening half hour.
Boothroyd told Sky Sports: “I think for 30 minutes we never
performed. I thought Bradford’s League Cup game here against
Swansea might have worked against them but it certainly worked for
“They dealt with the whole day, the occasion, the game better
than we did for 30 minutes. That’s the disappointing thing for me,
it’s such a poor end to a really good season.
“It’s not about being overawed, it’s about making sure you think
correctly when the pressure is on, and do the right things at the
right time and I didn’t recognise a lot of my lads out there for
half an hour today.
“It was, for one or two of them, too much, but I do have to say
they’ve been absolutely outstanding all season and the mark of a
team, the mark of any individual is how quickly they bounce back
and I know with this group we’ll bounce back.”
On the goals Northampton conceded, Boothroyd added: “It is
(frustrating), we didn’t win a first contact, we didn’t win a
“You know against people like Wells and Hanson you are going to
have a problem and we knew what was coming, we’ve played them
enough, we’ve prepared for it. We dealt with it for 60 minutes but
the game was over, the game was done.
“We tried and pushed and tried different formations but at the
end of it, it came down to being able to do what was required in
those situations and we didn’t.
“It’s difficult to do this. Nobody wants to be here and get beat
but my players and staff have been brilliant this year, absolutely
fantastic. We’ve come a long way. We are not winners today but we
are winners and we’ll be back.”