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Tim Oglethorpe VS Marc Richards after 0-6 defeat to Bristol Rovers- Transcript

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« on: October 07, 2017, 22:41:14 pm »

Below, I've transcribed the somewhat testy interview between BBC Radio Northampton's Tim Oglethorpe and Cobblers captain Marc Richards, after the Cobblers' 0-6 loss to Bristol Rovers this afternoon.



TO: Well Marc, no hiding from the fact that was a miserable afternoon for the Cobblers, what are your thoughts on that?


MR: Bitterly disappointed with the result, obviously. Second half was far, far below where weíve set standards in recent games, and we canít collapse like we have done, having gone down a man. We need to keep our shape stronger than what we did and obviously force them to make errors when we can. When youíre a man down itís difficult, but thatís no excuse and you canít collapse like that.

TO: We thought at half-time you might have a lifeline. Matt Ingram had saved a penalty just before the break and you were only a goal down. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been talking about it not being a good first half performance as well as a bad second one, but at half time you were still in with a shout, werenít you?

MR: We still had a number of half-chances in the first half. I thought it was an even first half, they didnít really create too much, I think Matty made too many saves in the first half and we had a couple of half-chances so pretty even first half, might not have been pretty but second half was far, far below where weíve set our standards. As players weíve got to take all the negative comments and everything that comes with getting beaten 6-0 and the only way we can rectify this now is to work hard like we have been on the training ground and try and get a positive result next weekend.

TO: The results havenít been great recently. Was there a lack of confidence in this Cobblers squad going into todayís game? Was that part of the problem this afternoon?

MR: No, I donít think there was. I think weíve got a confident group. Weíve got a good group, and things just arenít coming off for us at the moment for one reason or another. Itís just not clicking on a regular basis, weíre playing in patches really and it should be a lot more consistent than what it is.

TO: Itís such a contrast between how it started with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink- he had two wins and a draw in his first three matches. Itís gone downhill since then. Weíre struggling to under understand why that is, Marc. Can you put your finger on why that is? Is it because the quality of the opposition has been so high in recent games?

MR: Well if you look at the league table, weíve played most of the teams in the top half, but that shouldnít be an excuse. Itís not an excuse. We should be on a better run than what we are on. The first two games under the gaffer we had excellent results, and we should have taken confidence from that. There is no reason why our confidence levels should be lower than where they are. Itís not a confidence issue. Weíre not hitting the back of the net on a regular basis at the moment but I donít think the strikers that weíve got are lacking confidence. Myself, Revs, Longy, Sam Hoskins, whoever it is that plays up top, weíve got a confident group, so I donít think confidence is an issue.

TO: Is it the case though that because the goals arenít coming, maybe when the chances do come along, theyíre being snatched at? There was a lovely lay-off by you today for Dean Bowditch and he dragged his shot wide, if the goals were flowing maybe that would have gone in, he would have made a better strike of it?

MR: Possibly. Youíll have to ask Deano that. I donít know what he saw at the time. Deanoís a good player and heís a good finisher, I see it on a regular basis in training. Thereís no reason why Deano should be low on confidence and I donít think he is. At the time, he might have had time to have another touch and to take the ball a bit closer to get his shot off but at the time he probably thought it was best to have a first-time shot and unluckily for him he scuffed it wide but thereís been a couple of opportunities like that today. Players snatching at shots, itís just one of those things.

TO: It didnít help that Alex Revell, as youíve alluded to, got sent off in the second half. Is the view that he should have got a red card, or is he protesting his innocence? It looked to be a fairly clear-cut offence.

MR: What is a clear-cut offence?

TO: Well, an elbow into the face. It appeared to be, Iím not sure.

MR: I was really close to it and heís not the type of person to swing an elbow like that. Heís a big guy, and he uses his body and he uses his arms to try and hold players off and I think thatís the case. Heís tried to hold the centre-half off by putting his arm behind him, heís caught him in the face but I donít think it was intentional, I certainly donít think there was a swing of an arm in the direction of the centre-half and for me itís a little bit harsh. Heís caught him, but itís accidental.

TO: What about your work with Alex Revell? Youíre playing as a two up front, you started as a two today before Revell was sent off. Do you think that is working? You know how it is when people are not enjoying what they are seeing from the Cobblers- you get criticism, and some people are saying that youíre too alike as strikers to play as a combination up front. Itís not your choice to play yourself alongside Alex Revell, but what do you say to people that say youíre a bit too similar to be playing as a double act up front?

MR: I think Revs started on the right today.

TO: He did, but he came inside, and for quite a bit of the time today and indeed under Justin Edinburgh, you were a forward duo, werenít you?


MR: Yeah. Maybe we are very similar. Itís a tough question because as much as I like playing with Revs, and I think he likes playing with me, we do work well in training together and we do look to link up. There was a close call in the second half where the cross has just gone flashing across the goal and heís nearly got on the end of it, and its little instances like that that we need to try and create for ourselves. People have an opinion, and itís a tough question. Itís a tough question.

TO: If you were winning games week in, week out, these questions wouldnít be asked.

MR: Yeah. Itís a question that wouldnít be asked if we were on a good run or winning games on a regular basis. Or scoring goals. If both of us score today, then no-one asks that question.

TO: And finally Marc, looking ahead to next weekend, Wimbledon come to Sixfields. They are struggling for points, itís important that Northampton get back to winning ways quickly before they get too embedded in those lower places in League One?

MR: The good thing is weíve got loads of games coming up, and thereís loads of the season left. The lads shouldnít be in a place where theyíre not confident going into games. The gaffer installs that confidence in us in training, he wants the lads to go out and express themselves and really enjoy what theyíre doing. There are some big games coming up now, games that we should be looking to take points from, and the quicker we do, the sooner we can start climbing up the table.

TO: And finally finally, youíve got a week now, itís the first week off in inverted commas youíve had since August, a chance to regroup and in a sense start again?

MR: Weíve had ten games in a month and it takes its toll. Our injury list at the moment is quite high. Weíve got a number of injuries, but thatís why you have a big squad, and the squad that weíve got should be able to cope with games like this today. Itís on to the next.

TO: Thanks, Marc.



[Cuts back to live broadcast]

Caroline Densley: Rico there, kind of admitting itís not really working with him and Alex Revell there, Tim?

TO: In as many words, thatís what he said. Revell and Richards were paired together during the Justin Edinburgh reign, and it hadnít worked. Iím sure Iím not the only person who thought- ďthat will never be tried againĒ. Iím flabbergasted that it has been. They were together, Richards and Revell, for the final league game that Edinburgh was in charge. It didnít work then. It was a 4-1 home defeat to Peterborough. Iím just staggered that itís been tried again.
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2017, 22:48:12 pm »

ď an even first half ď
Jeeez , we were lucky not to be st least 5 down .
Not just the penalty , but the last gasp challenges and missed chances .
At least Tim was brave enough to ask the questions though - unlike Caroline who froze .
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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2017, 22:49:27 pm »

Good to hear TOG carry out a proper interview and a challenging one.
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2017, 23:00:02 pm »

Good to hear TOG carry out a proper interview and a challenging one.

It is, but why the **** were these questions not asked to Jimmy???
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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2017, 23:23:17 pm »

It is, but why the **** were these questions not asked to Jimmy???

Because CD did the JFH interview and she's not very good.
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2017, 01:00:34 am »

Fair play to TO there -he dealt with that very well .
Rico is obviously prickly and Tim questioned him closely on the Revell situation .
Rico is in denial though
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2017, 05:42:32 am »

Because CD did the JFH interview and she's not very good.

Not very? She's totally useless!!
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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2017, 08:31:20 am »

Well done TO, that was a great interview, credit where it is due.
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2017, 08:37:56 am »

Good all round I thought. Good questions by TO and well responded to by Rico.
Cant be easy having to face the media after such a humiliation and asking questions specifically about himself. 

Better than the Twitter messages from Buchs
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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2017, 14:19:56 pm »

After just being part of that performance I'd be more annoyed if Rico didn't seem 'prickly',

As for Buchs tweets, they were about as good as our team saturday, did he get Page to write them for him? Sometimes it really is better to remain quiet.
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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2017, 16:51:43 pm »

After just being part of that performance I'd be more annoyed if Rico didn't seem 'prickly',

As for Buchs tweets, they were about as good as our team saturday, did he get Page to write them for him? Sometimes it really is better to remain quiet.

100%.. but, some of the stuff tweeted at Buchs was out of order.

He at least threw himself to block oncoming shots on at least 2 occasions, and showed a bit of determination in the back line.

Certainly not someone I'd put in with certain others for not trying on Saturday.
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« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2017, 18:05:07 pm »

Completely agree some of the responses to him were over the top.
Stating the players hurt more than the fans is one of the most idiotic things to say when something like this happens.
He should have just tweeted how sorry he was or nothing at all. It almost looked like he was was trying to distance himself from the performance.
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