The plays were okay, but definitely not enough!
These were the thoughts of the ever active boss of Northampton Town regarding his team play.
Manager Chris Wilder wanted his players to have a “competitive attitude” ahead of the new season.
The Cobblers have just finished a training camp in Sussex, where they played pre-season matches against Worthing and Isthmian League as well as Premier Division outfit Burgess Hill Town, securing a 5-2 win and 0-0 draw.
Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton that the team players were really disappointed with Saturday’s result, because their rival Derby County had just beaten them in a 1-0 victory at Sixfields Stadium, with 2,542 spectators.
I could imagine Wilder’s great frustration with his team’s loss during the previous match against the Rams. His goal to win was not achieved as the Cobblers were not too aggressive and competent in their pre-season game at Sixfields.
The Rams were the first visitors to Sixfields in this pre-season campaign, with Birmingham City in Northampton next Tuesday.
Unfortunately, Johnny Russell’s second goal of pre-season gave Derby County victory over the Cobblers. Northampton’s competitive attitude during the game didn’t make them edge past Paul Clement’s squad.
Moving forward, the 47-year-old boss stressed that he wanted his men to do well in everything they do, either in training or in matches. He also added that their only goal is to win their next pre-season match, especially now that they’re defeated by the Rams.
Northampton, who finished 12 in League Two last season, will host another Championship side, Birmingham City, on Tuesday night and most of the Northampton squad will be available for the upcoming clashes after coming through the training camp unscathed.
Assistant manager Alan Knill also said that the club’s preparations were coming along nicely with the Cobblers aiming for better performance after a 12th place finish in League Two in 2014/15.
With their current standing at the pre-season matches, it seems that the competitive attitude among Wilder’s men is not yet present. Maybe Northampton Town need another boost to win their next game. After all, they’re aiming for a better season this year.
What should Cobblers do then? They have to show that competitive attitude on Tuesday in order to bounce back from their previous loss with the Rams. Well, good luck, Cobblers!