Ricky Holmes: Northampton loan move 'brilliant' for winger

Ricky Holmes
Ricky Holmes scored the only goal in Northampton's win over Dagenham on Saturday

Northampton Town winger Ricky Holmes says he would like to extend his stay at the League Two club if parent club Portsmouth do not plan on playing him.

The 27-year-old loanee scored the winner in the Cobblers' 1-0 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

Holmes told BBC Radio Northampton: "It was a long month being on the bench at Portsmouth. It's never really happened to me in my career.

"If I'm not going to play, I'm happy to stay here because it's been brilliant."

Holmes has two matches remaining in his loan spell at Northampton, who are two points above Portsmouth in the table.

The former Chelmsford and Barnet man played just once for Portsmouth in December before moving to Sixfields in January.

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Holmes enjoying Cobblers loan spell

"We've had a discussion [about extending the deal] after just two games," said Holmes.

"Football is all about opinions. I played nearly every game [at Portsmouth] and then they had a shake-up. I got dropped for a game then told I could leave.

"It was very strange how it came about. It's probably worked out for the best for me. The three games I have played have been brilliant."

Since Holmes, Brendon Moloney and Jason Taylor arrived at the club, Northampton have won twice and drawn once in League Two, climbing from 20th to 15th.

"We can't rest on our laurels because we know what problems there were before," said Holmes.

"I want to get the crowd excited and get us up the pitch. That's a winger's job. I can chip in with goals - it hasn't happened for me this season - but hopefully I can go on a little run now. The assists will hopefully come.

"Everyone's been 'open arms' for those who've come into the dressing room. I think they needed a few fresh faces and I think it's worked."

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