Caretaker manager Jon Brady has singled out Derby County loanee Jonathan Mitchell for criticism after Northampton Town’s latest defeat, the Northampton Chronicle report.
League One’s bottom club Northampton Town lost 2-1 at Swindon Town.
Mitchell was making a fifth successive start for the Cobblers after joining the club on loan from Derby last summer, but he had an afternoon to forget at Swindon.
The 26-year-old goalkeeper was beaten by a soft free-kick early on before being caught in no man’s land when Swindon striker Brett Pitman nodded in their winning goal.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Brady felt Mitchell must do better.
“I feel Mitch can do a lot better with it (the first goal), in my opinion. For the second, Mitch is too far out of his goal, the ball goes down the right hand side of the pitch and it’s a routine save that he should make – he should be catching the ball. But he’s caught too high when the ball goes down the side and it goes into the box for a header and it was just a tame header that he shouldn’t be scrambling for. He should be catching it and taking it into his body, it shouldn’t be a problem,” Brady explained.
Mitchell joined Derby from Newcastle United in 2014.
The former Newcastle man has largely been third-choice at Derby, and he is now onto his fifth loan club after spells at the likes of Oxford United and Shrewsbury Town.
Mitchell joined Northampton at the beginning of the campaign, and he has made more appearances for the Cobblers this season than in any other season in his career.
But Brady hinted at dropping him with goalkeeper Steve Arnold taking his place.
Mitchell’s long-term future at Derby is under question. The Rams have goalkeepers coming through at U23 level, with Henrich Ravas on loan at Hartlepool United.