Langdon wants more of the ‘never-say-die’ attitude from Poppies

Action from Kettering Town's 0-0 draw with Redditch United. The Poppies are back at Latimer Park this weekend when they take on Merthyr Town. Picture by Peter Short

Action from Kettering Town's 0-0 draw with Redditch United. The Poppies are back at Latimer Park this weekend when they take on Merthyr Town. Picture by Peter Short

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Summer signing Dom Langdon believes a “never-say-die” attitude will be crucial for Kettering Town this season.

The former Solihull Moors defender missed last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Poole Town due to suspension but made his competitive debut for the Poppies on Tuesday night as they earned their first point of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign with a 0-0 draw against Redditch United at Latimer Park.

A strong performance at the heart of the defence alongside Gary Mulligan ensured Langdon and the rest of the back four were able to enjoy a clean sheet.

In the end, the Poppies were unfortunate not to claim all three points as they were denied a clear-cut penalty in stoppage-time while also missing a number of good chances.

But Langdon believes the way they fought to try to win it late on shows that the attitude within the squad is the right one.

“We had the game at the weekend that didn’t go in our favour and we started slowly in that one but got back into it in the second half,” he said.

“And I think we took that into Tuesday night.

“We created several chances and could have been 2-0 or 3-0 up.

“I am glad to get the first game under my belt and to get a clean sheet at home was very pleasing.

“The club had a great season by getting promoted and we have kept a nucleus of those players.

“That has kept the positivity in the team and I think that showed on Tuesday because we were battling until the end to try to get something.

“It shows we have that never-say-die attitude and that’s something the gaffer has been instilling into us.”

Langdon and his team-mates are now preparing to take on Merthyr Town at Latimer Park tomorrow (Saturday).

And the defender believes they can pick up another positive result if they keep the same “ethos”.

“We just need to look ahead now,” he added.

“We will be back on the training ground and sorting the bits and pieces and try to take that into the game on Saturday.

“But if we keep that same sort of ethos that we showed towards the end on Tuesday then we will have a good chance of getting a positive result.”