Paul Reid: Northampton Town need to be realistic

Northampton Town defender Paul Reid has told his team-mates to stop believing the relegation zone is a "false position" for his side.

The Cobblers, beaten play-off finalists last term, are 23rd in League Two with two wins from 11 games.

"There's a lot being said about us possibly being in a false position," Reid told BBC Radio Northampton.

Cobblers compared to last year

Pld Pos Won Pts

2013-14

11

23rd

2

8

2012-13

11

15th

3

13

"We can't really buy into that. The league table says what it says. We are where are because of the results."

Hopes had been high of at least achieving another top-seven finish at Sixfields this season, with boss Aidy Boothroyd redeveloping his squad over the summer.

Signs of a recovery - following clean-sheets in a 0-0 draw against Morecambe and a 2-0 win over AFC Wimbledon - were undone at the weekend with a 2-0 loss at Oxford.

"It's up to us to stop saying we're in a false position and go about proving we are by picking up wins," added 31-year-old former Scunthorpe centre-half Reid, whose side face Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

"Before we start talking about false positions and being up near the play-offs, we need to be realistic as well.

"We're second bottom after 11 games. My first thought would be to get away from that and then getting up the table."