Cobblers manager on Posh derby: ‘It’s a massive game for us, beating them would be huge for us.’
Northampton Town manager Jon Brady admits causing a massive upset in a big League One derby at Peterborough United tomorrow (April 16, 7.45pm) would be ‘huge’ for his club.
Cobblers will start the match at the Weston Homes Stadium in the relegation zone after a set of Tuesday results that were much kinder to Posh than his club. They need to win tomorrow to escape the bottom four ahead of the Saturday matches.
Brady was manager of non-league Brackley Town for many years before joining the Cobblers youth team set-up. He was promoted to first-team boss after promotion-winning manager Keith Curle was sacked in February.
Brady told the Northampton Chronicle: “It’s a massive game for the club and a massive game for us to show our endeavour and our willingness to fight for this football club with everything we’ve got.
“It doesn’t matter in derbies where you are in the table. It’s a one-off game and it’s hugely important for us to show that we are giving everything for the cause.
“You can bring pride into it, but it’s about being a professional footballer. For all our coaching staff, this is our hometown and this game is against our rivals and it is everything for us.
“We’ll prep the players and make no mistake, they know this is a local derby and they know that, to get a result against them, would be huge for this football club.
“They’ve got a good front line and they’ve scored a lot of goals, but the focus has to be on us and what we do and how we can exploit them.
“It’s about us being ready on the day to be the best we can be. If we’re at it and if everyone in the team is at full tilt, playing their best, we can give anyone in this league a game.”
Cobblers have won two of their last eight League One matches. Posh have won three and drawn one of their last four games.