CLOUGH AND JON BRADY REACTION
Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Nottingham, Mon 26th Dec 2022:
“I was very disappointed with us at times today.
“I thought we gave the ball away an incredible amount of times throughout the game and, ultimately, that's what cost us in the 88th minute when Stephen McLaughlin gave it away.
“We were 1-0 up, though probably didn't deserve to be, and all we had to do was put the ball in to Swan and Oates up front.
“When we have seen games out here at the One Call it's been all about making good decisions, putting the ball into the right areas, not making mistakes and not giving opportunities to the opposition.
“We gave them a good one today, It was a hell of a finish but the ball should have been by their corner flag.”
Jake Garner asked: what was the reason for conceding that goal, who gave the ball away?
"Stephen McLaughlin. The balls to him, comfortable possession, half way in our half. Swan and Oates up front. The last thing their centre halves want is a ball over the top, in the corner flag, for those two to chase, and instead he's tried to slide one down the side, and been caught out. We don't get a foot in then, the ball comes in, and he ends up smacking it in.
"We weren't very good. We gave the ball away in the first 15 minutes more than we have a week in training. We're still not taking training into the game.
“To be fair, I thought Northampton were very good today. I think they're the best team in the league. I know Orient are top, but as an all-round team I think Northampton are the best at the moment.
"We weren't getting on the ball in the first half. Losing Riley Harbottle was a blow. We alwats have a back-up plan to go to a three, but once we lose him, then that makes it difficult.
"We thought it was justified at half time to bring Perchy on and get two strikers up. A little bit harsh maybe on Hiram and Laps, but they'd had 45 minutes and not really had an impact on the game, as quite a few others, and they were sacrificed.
On Riley Harbottle, Clough said: “He has opened his knee up so we’ll see how he is in the next few days. I think he’ll be struggling for Hartlepool and maybe Walsall.
"We had to rejig and all of a sudden people are out of position.
"We were a bit worried with Perchy coming on with the pace, certainly in a back four, a little bit better in a three, a bit more comfortable, and he's not played much recently. So a difficult one to get it right today.
"We wanted Kellan further forward today, which he started, put a couple of good crosses in, then he had to go to right back when Riley came off. Then we switched it around (at HT) and got him further up the pitch again, and I thought he put the best ball of the game in across the face of goal, and you're looking for one of your strikers to be in there.
“Their tails were up after the equaliser and we were a bit subdued, so at least we saw the last few minutes out.
“We didn't put the ball into the right areas enough today. We gave it away an unbelievable amount of times. We looked a bit rusty after two and a bit weeks without a game. It's no excuse, but it's not ideal.
“Northampton played in the week and are in more of a groove. You could see that, a settled side and formation and some very good players.”
"They are the ones we are chasing and they are the ones we have got to try and beat here. And we were a few minutes off doing that.
“If we had made better decisions in the last few minutes I think we see the game through. We'd been talking about a 1-0 victory, we didn't deserve, but it doesn't matter.
“Hartlepool have had a good win at Rochdale today so their tails will be up on Thursday. We’ll try and get a team on the pitch to compete. Everybody is in contention.”
On the players not in the 18 today: Clough said:
“John-Joe [O’Toole] is ill, he’s got a nasty bug so he’s been off for about a week or so with it so he’s not trained, and Jordan’s [Bowery] just come back from illness and was just outside the 18 today."
That was a good point and a point gained says Northampton Town boss Jon Brady after late show at rivals Mansfield Town
chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Mon 26th Dec 2022
Northampton Town boss Jon Brady was happy with his side's point in today's 1-1 draw at promotion rivals Mansfield Town, despite dominating the afternoon.
It looked like Stags had stolen a late victory against the run of play when Will Swan netted on 84 minutes.
But Will Hoskins' superb finish four minutes later gave them a deserved equaliser.
“Overall it is a good point and a point gained,” said Brady.
“We certainly didn't deserve to lose the game and we showed great character to come back within four minutes of going behind.
“I felt we dominated a lot of areas of the game today.
“Second half Mansfield changed shape and the momentum swung just about level.
“I felt we were the ones dominating and looking to get the three points today.
“I am pleased to get the point but we feel we could have got the win - but didn't.
“We have had some good battles with Mansfield and they are a string side at this level. They have only lost two at home all season and I thought we acquitted ourselves quite well.”
On Hoskins' spectacular leveller, he added: “It was an almost Paolo Di Canio-esque finish. To control that like he does at the back stick it was a wonderful finish. To be so controlled on the volley like that and pick his pot - the keeper didn't move.
“The temperament in the squad is good and nothing fazes them.
“We have belief in the way we play and what we do and the players in the squad can deliver key moments like that.”
JON BRADY PRAISES PLAYERS AFTER MANSFIELD DRAW
Jon Brady praised his side as he reflected on the Boxing Day draw at Mansfield, Sam Hoskins' late stunner clinching a point after the home side had taken the lead.
“Overall it’s a good point gained,” he said.
“We certainly didn’t deserve to lose the game and we showed great character to come back.
“I felt we dominated a lot of areas of the game and we had a lot of entries into their penalty area.
“It was a wonderful finish from Sam Hoskins and it definitely had shades of Paolo di Canio about it.
“We have got belief in the way we play and we have players who can deliver in key moments.
“We dominated possession today and I felt we were the team looking to get the three points. I’m pleased to get a point but we could have got the win.
“Mansfield are a strong side at this level and they have only lost twice at home all season.
“We acquitted ourselves well and we feel we could have got the win but it’s still a good point that keeps us moving forward.”
Brady: A point 'gained' for Cobblers at Mansfield Town - and it was the least we deserved
northamptonchron.co.uk, By James Heneghan, Mon 26th Dec 2022
Jon Brady described Boxing Day’s 1-1 draw at Mansfield Town as a ‘point gained’ for the Cobblers, even if he was a touch disappointed not to come away with all three after his side dominated most of the contest.
Cobblers made all of the running for an hour at Field Mill and really should have gone ahead but Ben Fox missed their best chance and it was only a matter of time until Mansfield grabbed a foothold and threatened a winner themselves.
Nonetheless, Will Swan’s opener from a corner came out of the blue, but with 84 minutes on the clock, it looked to be the winner. Sam Hoskins had other ideas though as his wonderful volley just four minutes later salvaged a valuable away point.
“We certainly didn’t deserve to lose the game,” said Brady. “It was great character to come back so quickly after their goal but I felt we dominated a lot of areas of the game.
"They changed their shape in the second-half and the momentum swung and then it became quite an even game, but we had a lot of entries into their penalty areas and created some good chances and they had to make some important blocks.
"The one disappointing thing was in the first-half where the ref gives us a free-kick but if he plays advantage, Shaun (McWIlliams) has a free shot in the penalty box. That was so frustrating. I said to the ref at half-time that I felt he was having a good game but just let the play go for a split-second.
"It was disappointing but in the end I think it’s a good point and a point gained. It was almost Paolo Di-Canio-esque from Sam to get us a point at the end because it’s a wonderful finish. The goalkeeper had no chance.”
Brady admits Cobblers felt disappointed not to win after 'dominating' against Mansfield Town
‘We dominated possession and we dominated them on the ball and I felt we were the team that was looking to get the three points.’
northamptonchron.co.uk, By James Heneghan, Mon 26th Dec 2022
Cobblers boss Jon Brady admitted the relief of salvaging a late point against Mansfield Town on Boxing Day was tinged with some disappointment after his side failed to make more of their earlier dominance at Field Mill.
Town made all of the running in the first-half against their promotion rivals and created several good openings, the best of which saw an unmarked Ben Fox fluff his lines after being expertly picked out by Shaun McWilliams.
The visitors continued to edge the chances in a more even second-half, only for Will Swan to poke Mansfield into an undeserved lead with just six minutes to play. Fortunately for the Cobblers, Sam Hoskins smashed home an even later volley to snatch a point.
"I thought some of our play was really good,” said Brady. “We dominated possession and we dominated them on the ball and I felt we were the team that was looking to get the three points.
"I am pleased to get the point but in the changing room afterwards, the boys feel, and I feel, we could have got the win with the way we played. We didn't but it's a point and we move forward.
“You never have it easy against Mansfield. We have had some good battles with them and they are a strong, strong side at this level. They have only lost two at home all season but I thought we acquitted ourselves well.”
Cobblers have now won 15 points from losing positions this season, including four in the past week.
"I think it's an attitude thing and the temperament within the squad because nothing fazes them,” Brady added. “We have belief in the way we play and what we do and we have players who can deliver in key moments like that.
"It was great to see Josh Eppiah in the build-up to the goal, he rolled his man, switched the ball and then on the other side AK (Akin Odimayo) chops it back to Mitch (Pinnock) who delivers a fantastic ball, so it was great quality all around.”
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