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Plenty of work to be done - Boothroyd

14 October 2012

Despite seeing his side hit three goals without reply, Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd preferred to concentrate on his side's defending.

First-half goals from Adebayo Akinfenwa, his sixth of the season, and captain Kelvin Langmead put Cobblers on their way to a 3-0 victory over Exeter City. Top scorer Alex Nicholls edged back in front of Akinfenwa when he bagged his seventh of the campaign late on to finally end City's second-half resilience.

"It's a good win for us but I still don't think we played anywhere near as well as we can do," said Boothroyd. "The fact that I'm saying that after we've comfortably beaten a very good team like Exeter shows what expectations I have of my players.

"I know we will always score goals, from open play out wide and from set-pieces, but it's vitally important we keep clean sheets. That's what gets you success on a consistent level, and I think that's our fifth one of the season.

"We could easily have gone behind in the first half before we scored but that's what Kelvin Langmead and Lee Nicholls are there for. And the save from Lee (Nicholls) at 2-0 in the second half was vital against a player like (Jamie) Cureton who usually doesn't miss.

"There is still a lot more to come from us defensively and offensively. We're getting better but there is still plenty of work to be done."

City boss Paul Tisdale also reflected on the defensive side of the game but for opposite reasons.

"We expected Northampton to perform like that, but we certainly didn't expect to concede three goals and really, this game was all about the goals we've let in," he said. "We can talk about the chances we've had but we need to make sure we keep them out at the other end because we can't be having to score two or three to win every game.

"Northampton have a very good squad and they looked a very effective unit out there in this match. Having said that, we still thought we could have got a result against them and perhaps we should have done.

"Our passing and attacking was very good but it doesn't really matter about that because we haven't defended well enough and that's what has cost us. I'm not going to complain too much because we've won four out of six away from home and my job now is to make sure we're effective and keep improving over the next 30-odd matches."

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