DANNY CADAMARTERI today spoke of his relief at finally making his Town debut but insisted: “I won’t be happy until I help us turn our form around.”
The hamstring injury victim came on as a 53rd-minute substitute as illness-hit Town slumped 3-0 at Northampton to fall to 15th in League I.
Now he’s set to start Saturday’s lunchtime clash with Luton, which in the wake of a fourth successive defeat in all competitions has become a real High Noon showdown.
“It was good to finally get onto the pitch,” said the 27-year-old, who replaced Malvin Kamara, one of five Town players to be sick at half-time or after Saturday’s clash at Sixfields, where there were 529 visiting fans in a 5,014 crowd.
“I was disappointed I wasn’t able to play my part in turning the game around for us, but we have to accept we weren’t good enough or strong enough on the day and now the aim is to ensure we bounce back against Luton on Saturday.
“We’ve got a week to regroup, and it’s important we learn from the negatives of this game, but don’t dwell on them.
“We’ve got it in us to rectify what’s gone on in the last four games, and it’s down to the senior professionals like myself, Frank Sinclair, Andy Booth, Luke Beckett and Matt Glennon to help the younger lads along.
“We rely on them for their enthusiasm and energy, they rely on us for our guidance, and working together will get us out of this rut.”
Boss Andy Ritchie, who also saw Nathan Clarke and Frank Sinclair return after injuries but lost David Mirfin pre-match to a back spasm, said: “I had a word with Danny because he didn’t play in the hole behind the front two like he was told to, but he did look lively and caused them some problems.
“At this stage, he’s a starter on Saturday with Andy Booth and Luke Beckett fighting it out to play alongside him.”