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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Northampton's Manager Looks at QPR Game

NORTHAMPTON OFFICIAL SITE"Priority is the league, but we still want to win," says Cobblers boss

John Gorman

John Gorman has said he will be taking the Carling Cup tie at QPR seriously.

"We are treating the game properly and we want to go out and win," he said.

"We got the win on Saturday but we know we have played better than that but that's just football. To be honest we played very well in our two home games yet came out with nothing.

"We know we are in for a hard game. QPR went to Preston on Saturday and got a point so we aren't kidding ourselves and we know we are going up against a very good team.

"I've always enjoyed going to QPR, it's a nice stadium and a nice pitch and it's a chance to move on to the next round of the cup if we can.

"We go into the game a bit more relaxed because there are no points at stake but this club has done well in the cups over the last few years and we would love for that to continue.

"If I'm totally honest our priority is always going to be the league, it's been dog eat dog so far in this division and the more points you can get on the board the sooner the better.

"The players have been nice and bright in training and we are all looking forward to the game.

"I was very proud on Saturday that we finished the game with a lot of young players out on the field and they saw us through. That for me is a great plus, the spirit in the camp is really good and hopefully now we can take on the win we got on Saturday."


Gorman waiting on Doig injury

John Gorman will delay selection for Tuesday's Carling Cup game at QPR after checking on one or two injuries.

"We have got a couple of injuries and we will check on those before making a decision on the team," he confirmed.

"Ian Taylor was fantastic on Saturday but we could consider resting him but because we are not playing another game until next Tuesday I think he would be OK to play.

"If we were playing on Friday this week we would have to be a little bit more careful and that could be the case next week because we play on Tuesday and Friday.

"Chris Doig came off on Saturday but I don't think it's anything serious. He didn't train on Monday but we will have a look at it again on Tuesday and we are quite hopeful that he will be OK to play.

"Joe Burnell got a knock on his calf but I think he should be OK as well.

"We have got a lot of good youngsters here and we may well give Jerome Watt a chance against QPR. He has done so well for us so far and I'd like to see him in a proper game. That's not to say that if he doesn't do well we'll forget about him because he has already proved to us that he can be a very good player."


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