Northampton boss' verdict on his side's thrashing of Portsmouth

Jon Brady hailed his Northampton side’s discipline as they stunned Pompey at Sixfields.

Saturday, 6th March 2021, 6:38 pm

The lowly Cobblers thrashed Kenny Jackett’s side 4-1 to move out of the League One relegation zone.

The Blues were woeful to a man in the first half as they conceded four goals within a 23-minute period.

It meant Pompey’s dire form continued, having picked up just four points in their past six games and dropped to sixth in the table.

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Goal Northampton Town defender Fraser Horsfall (6) scores a goal and celebrates 3-0 during the EFL Sky Bet League 1 match between Northampton Town and Portsmouth at the PTS Academy Stadium, Northampton, England on 6 March 2021. Picture: Dennis Goodwin

Brady, who is caretaker boss at Northampton, felt it was vital his troops stuck to their individual roles in their win over the Blues.

And consistent instructions to players on the pitch was key.

He told the Northampton Chronicle: ‘I'm delighted. The boys worked extremely hard and they got their rewards for it, especially in the first-half.

‘You can see from the organisation out there that the players have clarity in their roles and responsibilities. We're closing off spaces and we're not letting teams break us down.

‘We're getting bodies into the box when we get forward and if we're not doing certain things, we'll ask the players why because they now know their roles and responsibilities inside and out.

‘There's clarity between every player and they're connected between units and we're really working on this connection all over the pitch. We feel it's paying us dividends at the moment.

‘It's important to be out of the bottom four but we're nowhere near out of the danger zone. We need to keep working.’