Boothroyd sorry for Bees

Aidy Boothroyd spared a thought for Barnet after his Northampton side's 2-0 victory condemned them to non-league football.

Last Updated: 27/04/13 at 21:14

Aidy Boothroyd: Empathised with Barnet

Aidy Boothroyd: Empathised with Barnet

Needing a final day victory to ensure survival, the Bees were sunk by two second half goals from Roy O'Donovan and Luke Guttridge as the Cobblers head into Thursday night's play-off showdown with Cheltenham in fine fettle.

"That was us last year fighting relegation," Boothroyd said. "It was very stressful for us but this time we've finished a good few points better off.

"I think we've got what we have deserved this season. It's been a long season, we've had some brilliant performances and some rubbish performances, and Barnet away was one of those.

"We knew we would finish in the play-offs and I want to have everybody 100 per cent fit for the big games we've got coming up.

"It gives everybody an opportunity to stake a claim and to put themselves forward. I'll have lots of players available for training on Thursday night.

"We'll have more or less a full squad available and we need to make sure we make the most of that. I've got some really nice problems."

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