Cobblers Boss Stuart Gray On Today

Last updated : 13 January 2007 By Thetashkentterror
Stuart Gray
Recently appointed Northampton manager Stuart Gray, who was speaking to Town's official website, talked about the Cobblers' 3-2 win over Carlisle at Sixfields this afternoon. Ex-Southampton boss Gray chatting about the fact that the hard work put in on the training pitch this week made a difference today :

"All credit to the players for a very good performance. It was very entertaining for the fans. When we went 3-0 up I think we went a little gung ho and in that situation you have just got to play and not get silly. If you get a fourth that's great, but you what have to do first and foremost is see the game out.

"We probably didn't convert as many of our chances as we should but it was great to see both Andy Kirk and Scott McGleish score and full credit to them. They worked their socks off and the goals were their reward for that. We had a good week's training on the back of a good result at Tranmere and hopefully the fans will be pleased with the win today. We were obviously disappointed to let two goals in late on but overall we deserved the result.

"We have been working on forward play in training and being clinical in front of goal and I think a bit of that work paid off today. Andy Kirk's confidence should be lifted not only by his finish but his all round performance. His goal owed a lot to the quality of the pass from Bradley Johnson that was inch perfect. Brad gives us energy and balance in midfield and he really deserved to score when his shot hit the post at the end. He has a lot to learn still but he is progressing very well.

"At the end of the day we have three strikers on the transfer list but being on the transfer list does not mean a lot. If a club wants a player they will make an offer whether a player is on the list or not, and I have been delighted with the performance and attitude of the strikers since I arrived. We still have plenty of calls in for potential new players and I will keep chasing the managers I am awaiting answers from. I challenged the players who played today to keep the shirts and they have put a strong claim forward with that performance.

"We have been doing double training sessions since I came in but that is the way I work. We work and train hard and with a purpose and I don't think anyone can question the fitness levels the lads have after a terrific game like that. I would have enjoyed it more had we won 3-0 and without the scary ending, but we got caught up in the excitement and chased a fourth goal. We needed an old head in there to settle us down and keep everyone calm.

"The supporters gave me a great reception and were fantastic in the way they got behind the players and they were rewarded with an exciting game. We have no fresh injury worries - we brought Joe Burnell off because he has missed a lot of training recently with calf injury - so all in all it has been a very good day."