Harry Kewell happy with Notts County progress despite draw at Northampton



Posted Sunday, September 23, 2018 by PA

Harry Kewell happy with Notts County progress despite draw at Northampton

Notts County manager Harry Kewell remains happy with the progress his new side are making following their stalemate against Northampton.

Kewell, appointed last month, saw his side move off the foot of League Two with their first away point of the season as Kane Hemmings and Jon Stead went closest to scoring in Saturday’s drab goalless draw.

“We’ve had to start again. Last week showed we can score goals but we also leak them too,” Kewell said.

“Today, we showed we’re starting to be compact and hard to beat. I knew Northampton would create one or two chances, but overall I feel we had the better of the chances and we were just unlucky – the ball didn’t quite drop.

“It was going to be a scrappy goal that won it and I think we had more of the scrappy chances but I’m happy to take a point.

“It’s a difficult time for us but we’re working hard every day and looking forward to the challenge. We’re progressing and we’re taking these steps forward and hopefully we can build momentum.

“It was always going to be a tough game but confidence is growing in the group. It takes time and you’ve got to nurture it and you’ve got to be careful and make sure the players have the right mindset.

“We’re in a position where the football goes out the window and we’ve got to fight for everything but I don’t think that first win is far away.”

Northampton manager Dean Austin was pleased with his side’s first clean sheet of the campaign.

“I’m going to stay on the positive side and look at the clean sheet. If we can keep another 20 of those between now and end of the season that’ll help us pick up a lot more points,” Austin said.

“I didn’t think our football was as fluid as previous games and sometimes I felt we were a little bit edgy and a bit nervy but I think that’s understandable given the situation.

“They’re in a difficult moment themselves but we created good opportunities and got into some good areas and just needed that final ball or to make the right decision because we didn’t work their goalkeeper enough.

“I’m pleased with how the boys went about the game and how we were trying to be on the front foot and the application we showed, but I just think we need a bit more guile.

“We started the game well in the first five minutes and I think that helped with the supporters who really got behind us and I think they appreciated the amount of effort we put into the game.

“You’ve got to make your own luck but there were times when I didn’t think we had enough people in the box.”

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