>Mixed results but striker still needed

>So a mixed bag over the New Year and despite the typical up and down trend it’s still three wins from four with John Johnson’s late screamer on Monday crucially steering us further away from the bottom two.

The problem of a new striker persists from both games though and Leon Mckenzie’s inability to play two games in a row makes the need for fresh, proven blood even more urgent.

All the postponed games mean that we’ll be playing plenty of Tuesday games from here on in so the depth of the squad needs to be greater if the Cobblers are to seriously challenge in the top half. 

The fact that the Shaud Harrad bid is dragging out isn’t a good sign and we could well be losing touch on that one. Sammo says that he gas back up options but the quality really needs to be better than the loans made so far in terms of goal return.

At Crewe it was the difference with two fine finishes handing us defeat and it’s games like that where we need to compete better. The squad are good enough to see off the likes of Lincoln even in a dreadful game at Sixfields and Billy McKay will be delighted to be back in the goals himself. Personally I find McKay to be vastly improved this term but is just lacking a partner up front. 

A fit McKenzie would be ideal but it’s clear that something else is needed if we’re to start the sort of run that gave us a glimpse of excitement at the end of last season.

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