>Midfield enforcer role needs some back up

It was clear that the Cobblers were missing their midfield rock on Tuesday night and the old saying of “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” came into play as we went for an attacking midfield foursome of Thornton, Jacobs, Walker and Davis. It was good to see super Kev back in the fold but the middle of the park was open, with a high scoring draw the result.

All four of the players selected are of the mindset of creating something from nothing, winning the game and heading for the opposition goal rather than their own. The suspension of Osman showed up a lack of depth in the position known as the “enforcer” role.

During the League One relegation campaign a couple of seasons back I was the first to say that Osman was below par, not showing any signs of caring about the plight but to his immense credit the former Gretna man has stepped up to the plate to become one of the biggest assets at the club. Those assets are now becoming clearer now he’s out of the side and Sammo now face a decision on how to approach Aldershot on Saturday, a team still gagging to impress new boss Dean Holdsworth.

It could mean bringing Nathaniel Wedderburn back in whilst you could put forward a case for Andy Holt as well for a crunch game in which we can’t really afford to drop points. Battle, rather than guile, could well be the order of the day…it might mean a scrappy 1-0 win but at this point we’re in real need of points on the board if the loftiest of ambitions are to come to fruition.

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