Date: 9th August 2016 at 2:02pm
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Head coach Paul Heckingbottom has put the Championship Ipswich defeat behind him and it’s all eyes to Northampton Town in the League Cup tonight.

Speaking to the Official Site in his pre game press conference ahead of tonight’s tie, Heckingbottom gave his usual team news update, and an update on Sam Winnall who found himself substituted very early on against Ipswich with a knock.

‘He`s having a scan today, we`ve sent him straight for an MRI scan so we`ll obviously know more after that. I think we`re looking at a couple of weeks minimum. We could keep everybody injury free, but we wouldn`t be making them better. We could be safe and wrap them in cotton wool but we have to try and improve them by getting them as close to the red line as we can, then dip them down and get them back up again. We will be pushing them.’

As for a wider squad update, he admitted everybody else was fine, as was Josh Scowen who was just a bit uglier than normal.

‘Josh Scowen is fine, he`s a bit uglier and has one less thing not to smile about! He came through it fine. I felt we managed that part of the game really well when we were down to 10 men, we didn`t take risks, we slowed it down and did really well. James Bree had missed a week`s training and only just come back on the Thursday so we had to take that into account. The injury was at the wrong time for him because he was playing really well.’

As for questions about Ipswich, he went on to explain.

‘The message after the game to the players was that we`re not going to be one of those teams that walk off and everyone says you`ve played really well but you`ve lost, we just can`t be that. They don`t want to be that, I don`t want to be that and the Club doesn`t. We want to win games. We focused straight away on why we lost that game, three set-pieces and slow to recover on the other one. We will make sure they are all put right.’

Adding.

‘If you flip it over, we caused problems in open play and from set-plays, I think the players can take a lot of belief from that. We`re here to stay, and if they keep performing like that and we make sure that we really tidy them up and get the detail right, they`ll start winning games.’

So to Northampton more directly.

‘An opening day draw and a few good signings, they`ll be tough. Any team going up will be tough, I spoke to Ipswich after and that`s what they said about us because they knew we`d be carrying momentum. Northampton are bringing their qualities from last season up a league, we know it`s going to be tough and they`ll see us as a scalp as well now, it`s nothing to lose for them. It`s a game that will be tough but it`s a great game for us to go on and improve from Saturday`s performance, adding to the good bits and stopping the sloppy bits.’

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