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Boothroyd lauds Akinfenwa

19 September 2012

Northampton manager Aidy Boothroyd saluted giant striker Adebayo Akinfenwa after he notched the only goal of the game to sink struggling Dagenham.

Akinfenwa continues to be a real handful for opposition defences at npower League Two level, and he proved that again as he slid in to head home Chris Hackett's cross five minutes into the second half.

He also struck the post midway through the second period with another headed effort. It was Akinfenwa's second goal of the season, and 59th altogether for the Cobblers. Boothroyd said: "Ade's just clinical in those kind of situations. He muscles his way into position and he knows exactly where the goal is."

He added: "It was a deserved reward for another tireless performance from the big man. I'm delighted for him and I know the fans are loving him being with us. He just creates so many headaches for defenders. He's not the most agile, he'll admit that, but he knows where that goal is."

Boothroyd was delighted to get back to winning ways on the road after a couple of away defeats.

The former Watford and Coventry boss added: "It was a tough night for us down here, but overall I think we deserved to come away with the three points.

"Dagenham always make it tough for you here, and that's been no different again. They had their moments and tested our keeper on a number of occasions, but defensively we've been strong again and that's helped us through to another victory."

It was tough on the hosts who battled until the end, but John Still's struggling side remain without that elusive win so far this season.

Still said: "It's just not going for us at the moment. We battled right to the very end again but Northampton have held on. Aidy is a good manager and he sets his teams up well, but it's got to up to us to break opposing teams down, especially here.

"I feel for the fans a little bit, they've stuck with us through thick and thin and they've backed us again. We all have to be patient though. The win will come soon enough. There's too much talent in the squad for it not to."

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