Northampton Town's Sam Walker hails Aidy Boothroyd impact

Northampton Town goalkeeper Sam Walker says that new manager Aidy Boothroyd has lifted a team which had "no confidence".

The Cobblers entertain Crewe Alexandra at Sixfields in Boothroyd's first match in charge.

Walker told BBC Look East: "We were shot to pieces with two horrific losses which left the team in the gutter.

"We were a team that had no confidence at all. We needed someone like the new gaffer to build us back up."

He added: "Losing 7-2 [to Shrewsbury] and 4-1 [to Plymouth], and conceding four at Gillingham, doesn't look good on any of us.

"But you pick yourselves back up and what's happened has happened."

Boothroyd has offered the Northampton team, currently 21st in League Two, a clean slate to impress him.

"He's very certain in his ways and he knows exactly what he wants us to do," added Walker.

"I think a bit of organisation is what we needed and players to know exactly what they're doing. But it's on the Saturday when it counts.

"It's a big game for us and, speaking on behalf of the players, we're massively looking forward to it. It's a game to kick off a big month for us, with three home games that are winnable."

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