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The Opposition View - Northampton

The Opposition View - Northampton

In the wake of yesterday's 2-2 draw at home to Northampton Town, here are some views on the game from the Cobblers' manager Gary Johnson and a few of their fans.

Johnson preferred to look on the bright side despite his team losing a two-goal lead.

"It was a real team performance that we can be proud of." he said. "Two-nil up at half time you'd probably say it was two points lost, but before the game we would definitely have been happy with a draw, so I think it's a point gained."

"We had two or three very good chances at 2-0 up, but we couldn't quite get that third goal which probably would have won us the game."

"We played some good football in the first half and the whole team showed real effort and commitment."

"Wycombe are a good team who are near the top of the league and they put us under pressure in the second half, but Steve Collis made some good saves and we just need to make sure we don't give the ball away as often. We will take the positives out of this performance."

The Northampton fans turned up expecting to be beaten and left feeling that they should have taken all three points.

The following extracts are taken from The Hotel End.

Claret Lady wrote:
'Disappointing, but I think we'd all have taken a point at the beginning of the day.'

Power Football wrote:
'I would have snapped your hand off at 3pm today if you had offered me a point.'

Monty wrote:
'Happy with the performance today - top marks for effort, but, Bauza's goal apart, short on quality when it really mattered. Pivotal point was Harrad panicking after he charged down their goalkeeper's attempted clearance, only for them to go straight up the other end and pull one back. From that point we were hanging on by our fingernails but still managed a couple of chances on the break.'

Mark-JB wrote:
'Even though it's disappointing that we didn't hold onto the lead, we were up against a decent Wycombe side and gave them a real run for their money. It was a really good game of L2 football all round.'

TheAbingdonCobbler wrote:
'Really good performance all round which made 3rd place Wycombe look sh*t!'

MikeNTFC wrote:
'I'm gutted. Three points lost for sure. The first half was joy to watch. We showed everything we needed to get out of this mess, we showed class, determination, took our chances and had that little bit of luck. Second half was typical Cobblers and is the reason we are down where we are.'

the shoe people wrote:
'Overall I thought it was a cracking game of mostly end-to-end football. Plenty of effort from the Cobblers, but I thought you could tell Wycombe were a top-3 team in comparison.'

Macc Cobbler wrote:
'We made a good Wycombe side look very ordinary. I thought it was a mistake when we took off Bauza and changed our formation, playing only one man up-front who was immediately isolated. It invited Wycombe to attack us and really handed them the initiative.'

Dan wrote:
"We were really impressive in the first half and thoroughly deserved the 2 goal lead. But they showed why they are in the top 3 in the second half."

barton cobbler wrote:
"I thought the ref was fine in the first half but didn't give us a thing in the second, How we had four bookings and them none is amazing. Even the bloke who gave away the penalty didn't get booked."

Luton Cobbler wrote:
"After last week's absolutely shocking performance today was a massive improvement. Ok, we threw away a two goal lead and yes everyone was gutted, but I don't think you'll find a single person complaining about the players' effort today."

Next Game: Torquay v Wycombe - Fri 22nd April - 3.00pm

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Date:Sunday April 17 2011
Time: 12:53AM

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