GANNON AND COBBLERS REACTION
Audio interview with John Gannon from Radio Nottingham (RealPlayer needed)
Hill keen to look to future after Mansfield defeat
Richard Hill remained upbeat despite watching the Cobblers suffer a 2-1 defeat to Mansfield in the final game of the season.
"The opening ten or fifteen minutes aside, that summed up our season," admitted Hill. "We should have been at least two up early on, we played some nice football at the start but we allowed Mansfield to push us deeper and deeper. We didn't close and we gave the ball away too easily.
"We have decided to move players on, rightly or wrongly, that is the decision that we have made as a club. We need to bring in good players and bring in players of First Division quality. We are looking at players who we believe are capable of playing at that level. Mansfield had a seventeen and an eighteen year old in their defence today and it shows that if you've got legs and pace you can compete at this level.
"The game was set up for us to be able to try a few things differently and for us to have a look at some of our younger players. Luke Chambers was brought on to try and tighten things at the back. Their wide men were causing us problems and we decided to go with three centre halves and try and peg their wingers back.
"I think we can take heart from our start to the match. Mansfield had a go but we had the legs and the impetus and we should have gone on from there. I've said it before but we seem to be frightened to be in front, we don't know how to win games.
"If we get the players in that we want to then we can try and play the way we would like to. It is important that we get players in who want to work and we can begin to mould a side. We can't guarantee promotion, no-one can but we will be going all out to achieve that, as will Mansfield and twenty two other sides when the season kicks off. People keeping talking to me about the need to emulate the team from 1986/87 but people need to realise that it won't happen overnight, that side took two years to build and I would ask people need to be patient."
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