Northampton Town boss Gary Johnson demands improvement

Gary Johnson
Johnson released 11 players over the summer and made a host of signings

Northampton Town manager Gary Johnson has urged his young squad members to 'mix up' their style of play.

Highly rated 19-year-old midfielder Michael Jacobs did not start the League Cup clash with Wolves at Sixfields, but appeared as a substitute.

Johnson told BBC Radio Northampton: "He needed a rest. He gets the ball and wants to run 80 yards every time.

"He's going to be a great player but he needs to learn to mix his game up - as do others. He knows that and agrees."

He added: "Lewis Young had a great game [against Wolves] but you're not going to be able to run 90 yards beating five men every time you get the ball.

"He's still young, as is Jacobs - we've got a very young team that you'd like to think will only get better."

Johnson has asked the fans to give the team at least 10 league matches to determine how the rest of the season will unfold. The Cobblers currently lie 17th in League Two after four matches.

"It's only halfway, and you can vilify and ridicule me after 10 games if we're still in that same position."