We want the games to keep coming, says Poppies boss Cox

Paul Cox is hoping Kettering Town will get the opportunity to maintain their recent revival at Latimer Park tomorrow (Saturday).

Friday, 15th November 2019, 7:45 am
Kettering Town manager Paul Cox. Picture by Peter Short

The Poppies are due to take on Blyth Spartans this weekend, although the wet weather this week could yet have a say in whether the game goes ahead or not.

But Kettering manager Cox is desperate for the match to be on.

The Poppies have won two games out of two since he took charge and have moved out of the relegation zone in the Vanarama National League North.

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Blyth currently sit second-from-bottom, despite being in fine form themselves, making this weekend’s clash another crucial one at the foot of the table.

And, with Dan Nti being available again after a one-match ban and Michael Richens returning from his loan spell at Nuneaton Borough, Cox believes the Poppies squad is “in a good place” ahead of the big clash.

“I think we just want the games to keep coming at the moment,” the Kettering manager said.

“There’s nothing we can do about the weather and there will always be uncontrollables.

“But, with the rhythm the boys are in at the moment, they just want to play.

“Hopefully we will be boosted by a couple of bodies coming back in.

“I looked at our bench last weekend (in the 2-1 win at Guiseley) and, aside from the experience of Brett (Solkhon), it was very young and inexperienced.

“We will have Dan (Nti) and Michael (Richens) back in there and that adds that extra bit of experience.

“I think, overall, the lads are in a good place but we have spoken at length about standards and maintaining those standards.

“We are still in a tough position and I just want the players to keep raising the bar.

“It’s a tough game tomorrow because Blyth are on a good run themselves. But we just want those games to keep coming.”