Boothroyd issues caution

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Aidy Boothroyd

Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd insisted his side cannot afford to rest on their laurels just yet after they moved five points clear of the relegation zone with a vital 1-0 win at Dagenham.

Toni Silva scored the only goal after 62 minutes to earn the Cobblers their third straight win but Boothroyd emphasised his team are not out of the woods yet.

Boothroyd said: "We're not going to get excited with 19th. We want to finish as strong as we can and we're not out of it yet. It was a massive game for both clubs and we've given ourselves a little bit of breathing space with the form we have accumulated."

He added: "Dagenham are a tough side. They fight and scrap for everything and we had to rely on our goalkeeper in the first half, who made a fantastic save.

"We counter attacked and created a few chances of our own that on another day we might have scored. It was tough and I'm delighted we got the 1-0 and defended as well as we have for long spells."

Daggers coach Wayne Burnett said: "Certainly in the second half we've dominated for long periods but they've scored the goal and won the game.

"We've had 17 shots - nine on target - and with that amount of attempts at goal you would expect to get one or two.

"We had a great chance at the end with Josh Parker, he's unmarked. It's just not happening at the moment.

"They broke on the counter attack, we had possession deep in their third. We were disappointed with the way we defended the goal and I think Chris Lewington will be disappointed.

"He got a hand to it and may be could have pushed it away a little further but he slotted it in."

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