Poppies boss Cox wants performances turned into points

Paul Cox wants his Kettering Town players to start turning their good performances into “real points on the board”.

By Jon Dunham
Friday, 3rd January 2020, 7:45 am
Kettering Town were backed by another large away following at Brackley Town on New Year's Day. Pictures by Eden Palmer
Kettering Town were backed by another large away following at Brackley Town on New Year's Day. Pictures by Eden Palmer

The Poppies turned in two impressive displays on the road over the festive period but only had one point to show for it as they were beaten 2-1 at Boston United last weekend before claiming a 1-1 draw at high-flying Brackley Town on New Year’s Day.

Cox’s team return to Latimer Park this weekend as they take on sixth-placed Farsley Celtic.

And he is now looking for some points to move his team further clear of the relegation zone in the Vanarama National League North.

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The Poppies were pegged back by James Armson's goal for Brackley in the 1-1 draw on Wednesday

“The change has been remarkable in this group but we want to improve and the fact remains that we are still down there at the wrong end of the table,” the Poppies boss said.

“For all the good performances, now we need to start putting some real points on the board.

“I often believe that if you produce consistent performances then the results will come but it’s up to us to deliver, particularly in the final third.

“The players have made some great strides over the past eight or nine weeks and we are going to places and asking a lot of questions of opposition who are in a different place to us.

“There have been four different systems we have asked the players to play over the last few weeks and the way they have adapted has been excellent.

“They are working really hard and I think that shows in the appreciation they have had from the supporters.

“The support we have had in the last two away games has been unbelievable. The fans are recognising the work we have done and they are doing their bit by coming out in great numbers.

“There’s still loads we can get better at, especially in the final third when it comes to putting our chances away.

“I have got mixed feelings from the past couple of games because I feel we deserved more points than what we got. We just need to be more ruthless in both boxes.”

Aaron O’Connor could be available again after injury for tomorrow’s game with Cox confirming the frontman had been “touch and go” for the clash at Brackley.