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 Bradford.

Last Updated: 18/05/13 at 17:37 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

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 them.

"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 second contact.

"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."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Morgan Schneiderlin sets sights on Champions League

Morgan Schneiderlin has told French radio that he will only leave Southampton for Champions League football.

Rafael Benitez '99 per cent' certain to be next Real Madrid boss

Rafael Benitez is '99 per cent' certain to be Real Madrid boss, says Carlo Ancelotti's representative Ernesto Bronzetti.

Middlesbrough 0-2 Norwich: Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond strike as Canaries seal immediate return to Premier League

Norwich City gained promotion to the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Mail Box

Reviewing Every PL Side's Season...

Time to half-heartedly agree or furiously reject some ratings. The mails also discuss the most complete striker ever in football, as well as Rodgers, Falcao and Bill O'Herilhy.

Can We Combine Danny And Theo?

The finishing of Theo Walcott and the hold-up play of Danny Welbeck would be just perfect. Plus, lots of Brendan Rodgers, some Big Sam and all hail Degsy...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company