Ian Sampson has declared himself “happy” with Corby’s victory against Northampton on Saturday afternoon, but has forewarned that the real test is yet to come.
He told www.corbytownfc.co.uk: “I think everyone can be very happy with the performance, the team shape was good and there were some very good individual performances within the team.”
“It’s always nice to start off with two wins in pre-season, but like I’ve always said, its the first game against Vauxhall Motors that counts, so I wouldn’t read too much into the result, but I am very happy with the way they played.”
Sampson singled out striker Ricky Miller for special praise, the hit-man grabbing an impressive brace against the League 2 outfit.
“He’s not signed officially yet, but he’s making it very difficult for me to not sign him on! I’m very happy with what he’s done, I asked him to make the two centre back’s lives a misery today and he’s done just that.”
“He’s a very busy player, one of those players who thinks he’ll score anytime he’s got the ball, which is great.”
Stoke under 21’s are up next for Corby at Steel Park, and Sampson admits the whole squad has still got a chance to impress him.
“Nothing is set in stone at all. The team in the first half wasn’t my first team and neither was the team in the second half. Both sets of players did really well, especially against tougher opposition.”
“I’ll be sitting down and thinking about my signings on Monday after the game, at the moment we’ve got about ten signed, but they’ve all now got another chance to impress me on Monday.”
The Corby gaffer has also revealed he was “delighted” at the turn out at Steel Park and was pleased to see so many young faces in the crowd, describing them as “the supporters of the future.”