Wednesday, July 21st 2011
There was some free flowing football taking place a Sixfields last night, some excellent passing and moving and a thunder bolt of a goal from thirty yards. The fact that I’m talking about the Cobblers means that the Nottingham Forest game was a decent run out and an early sign of what sort of football Gary Johnson wants to play. There will be more signs of what’s possibly ahead when we take on Reading and Wycombe at home in the coming week or so but this was a solid effort.
Jake Robinson’s superbly taken goal was a delight to see, a belter that crashed in off the underside of the cross bar as the home support got their first real glimpses of this new team. Robinson could have added a second before the Forest recovery in the second half turned the result at least in their favour.
The impressive thing to see was some passing and moving from the Cobblers and no matter who the opposition or what’s at stake that will always be a welcome sight. There was a cameo for Luke Chambers as he levelled the scores on his old ground and received a warm welcome back to the place in which he kick started his career.
An excellent winner from Lewis McGugan saw Forest take home the victory but after that went in the game resembled more substitutions then action.
Still, it’s another step forward and again we don’t place much importance on the results in the next couple of weeks but at least there’s a hint of what’s coming up. Robinson may have played himself into Johnson’s thinking and could even be ahead of the former Burton man in the pack after this showing. The competition is tough at that end of the pitch and compared to this time last summer we can be very satisfied indeed with what we’re seeing in attack.
It’s whetting the appetite no end for August 6th and just seeing some highlights appearing online makes the hunger for proper action that much greater.