We could have been forgiven for using excuses in this one. But after Wednesday and the strains on the players’ bodies and minds from Anfield it was surprising to see a completely unchanged side take to the field at Sixfields. The heroes of Liverpool were given a terrific welcome and against a fresh Bradford side there was every chance of a tough afternoon.
But another fine performance, arguably the best in the league so far this season, resulted in a victory that continued the feel good atmosphere around the club ahead of another home game, this time against Chesterfield, on Tuesday night.
Billy McKay was involved in the first Cobblers attack yesterday and as he pulled the ball back to Michael Jacobs, the youngster was brought down. Kevin Thornton stepped up for the free kick and hit the top of the bar to set the tone for the afternoon. Bradford offered little and playing with a defender as an emergency striker was always going to stifle an attacking game.
So it was well deserved when the Cobblers did take the lead in the second half with Ben Tozer sending a high ball forward, Andy Holt flicking on and Billy McKay finishing with a low shot under the keeper. Tozer would go on to score on his home debut to wrap up the points after having the favour returned by McKay to stab home the second goal.
Bradford were another side to come for a point but as with Southend a couple of weeks ago we had enough to record a vital three points. Home form is massive in League Two and if we can get another result against high flying Chesterfield on Tuesday night it would make it would round off the perfect seven days.
This time last week we were drowning our sorrows after losing out at Shrewsbury and going to Anfield with trepidation. Amazing what can happen in football!