CHRIS HACKETT has called on the Cobblers to adopt a ‘win at all costs’ mentality when the new season gets under way next month.
The winger is one of five new additions at Sixfields and arrives with a CV that includes a promotion from league one to the championship, with Kenny Jackett’s Millwall in 2010.
A key element of the Lions’ success at that point, Hackett says, was the creation of a winning mentality at the club, where victories were secured by any means necessary.
Millwall finished in fifth the season before, and then won the play-off final, the result of a long-term building project by Jackett and oen in which he created a winning culture.
Hackett wants to see his new club Northampton adopt a similarly aggressive approach when their season begins next month, and said: “You need three things to be successful.
“You need a good team spirit, you need to be fit and able to compete over a season and you need to have that winning mentality.
“You have to be together and you have to want to win badly, that’s the main thing, I think.
“We didn’t have any superstars when I was at Millwall and at times we didn’t play fancy football, but sometimes you’ve got to do whatever you have to do to win games.
“We did that. We wanted to win at all costs and you’ve got to have that attitude over a 46-game season.
“You can play football and it’s nice to do that but you have to have that mentality that you know the way you play is going to win games.
“Everybody needs to buy into whatever factor will win you games, whether that’s passing it or something else.”