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Nat, ""We should have won, definitely"

24 August 2014

Knight-Percival takes the positives from Northampton game

Shrewsbury defender Nathaniel Knight-Percival says he's taking the positives from Saturday's draw at Northampton, despite the late goal which cost 10-man Town a fourth straight win.

The match had just moved into stoppage time when Cobblers sub Emile Sinclair headed in an equaliser after James Collins had given Shrewsbury a 64th minute lead.

It was a rare Northampton attack in the second half after a dominant Town display, and Knight-Percival admits his team were unfortunate not to claim a first away win of the season.

"We should have won, definitely," he said. "We feel we played well throughout the game, especially in the second half. We created a lot of chances and deserved to take all three points."

Town played most of the match with 10 men when skipper Liam Lawrence was dismissed for a late challenge by referee Darren Deadman after 26 minutes.

"These things happen in football, sometimes you get bad decisions," said Knight-Percival. "You've just got to keep a clear mind and carry on. Despite being a man down, we weren't prepared to settle for a point at half time. We always go into games wanting to win. At the end the lads were disappointed with a point. The gaffer will pick us up, he's happy with the performance and we go again. 

"We take the positives from the game, we've played well, kept good shape and created loads of chances.  We defended well and as a back five we take pride in keeping clean sheets. We're disappointed in letting in the goal, but you keep your head held high and carry on."

The former Peterborough and Wrexham defender also praised goalscorer Collins, not just for his goal - a third of the season - but also the striker's overall display.

"He's come off the bench and done fantastic," said Knight-Percival. "He's worked really hard as he has done in all the games he's been involved in, credit to him and he thoroughly deserved his goal."

Now the summer signing  is turning his attention to Tuesday night's intriguing League Cup second round tie at Premier League new boys Leicester City, managed by former Town defender Nigel Pearson.

"I went there with Peterborough on the opening day two seasons ago and lost 2-0," he recalled. "For us though, it's a game to look forward to. Someone has to cause an upset, and we're going there to win."

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