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27 February 2013

John Ward's post match interview in full

Manager John Ward was disappointed that his side didn’t take the point they deserved at Sixfields last night.

Northampton scored the only goal of the game just ninety seconds from time to take all three points.

“We feel disappointed, and I believe we deserved a point and we were a little bit unfortunate not to do that.

“The way the goal came about didn’t surprise us because we had to defend balls like that throughout the game and we did that pretty well. However the ball dropped nicely for them, and not for us, in the penalty boxes.

“The boys are more annoyed than disappointed, because they worked really, really, hard to try to get something from the game.

“Nothing about the game surprised us but, obviously if you can’t win the first ball you hope that the second one will drop in your favour, and that happened for most of the game but not in the final minute.

“The performance was fine. I’ve had 12 games in charge here now, and we have lost three of them and none of the performances have disappointed me.

“It’s only some of the results that have disappointed me, but if we maintain the form we have shown tonight then we will be in good shape. This group of players have to get over tonight and come in on Thursday and prepare for the weekend and |I’m sure they will be fine.

“It was a game of few chances and we knew we wouldn’t come here and be allowed to play silky football. We did play well at times, but we had to battle.”

Ellis Harrison, a late substitute, went close on a couple of occasions and his pace caused the home side a few problems.

“Ellis gives us a little bit of pace; he’s young and vibrant and we need people like him, and he will be a good player.”

The manager doesn’t expect any of his injured players to have recovered in time for the weekend, though Clayton McDonald will, hopefully, be available. He missed out last night as his partner is due to give birth at any time.

There may also be one new addition to the squad in the shape of French striker Oumare Tounkara, who has been training with the squad this week.

“I will be talking to him over the next 24 hours with a view to keeping him. He’s played for Oldham for some time, and was a player at Sunderland and he’s available as he’s a free agent and wouldn’t add to our loan players.”

John’s post match interview can be heard in full on Gas Player, along with an interview with skipper Tom Parkes.

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