Northampton Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers: Match Preview

Carling Cup Second Round

The Carling Cup has become the competition that makes the Cobblers ever more famous with the upsets over the past twelve months putting us in the media spotlight and bringing in some much needed funds. The names of Brighton, Reading, Liverpool and now Ipswich have been taken during that time and we now attempt to mark a new etch on the cup.

Wolves come to Sixfields having had a lightning start to their season in the elite. Two wins from two have put all of last season’s relegation worries in the shadows with Mick McCarthy’s team only surviving by the skin of their teeth on a dramatic final day of the campaign. McCarthy is set to name a changed squad tonight, particularly with his first team having played just two days ago in the victory over Fulham.

Despite that, it’s still a massive task awaiting us tonight and we’ll need all the spirit of those previous four upsets to get us through to the third round for the second year in succession.


It’s back to back defeats for the Cobblers after a 2-1 reverse at Bristol Rovers followed by Saturday’s 3-2 home loss against Cheltenham Town.  Wolves have started their season in superb style on the other hand, having won two out of two in the Premier League, at Blackburn on the opening day and at home to Fulham on Sunday.

Elokobi - could start

Team News…

The Cobblers will assess the damage to defensive pair John Johnson and Ashley Westwood ahead of the game. Paul Turnbull could start after only making the bench on Saturday while Kevin Thornton might well be given his first start of the season.

There’s expected to be a fair few changes to Wolves’ line up from the team that saw off Fulham in impressive manner a couple of days ago. The likes of Sylvain Ebanks-Blake, George Elokobi, Kevin Foley and Adam Hammill should start with Dorus De Vries set to take his place in goal.

Previous Meetings…

The sides haven’t met since May 1989 in the old Division Three when I was just four years old. That meeting at Molineux ended 3-2 in favour of Wolves but the Cobblers had won the reverse fixture the previous December 3-1. There’s only ever been seven competitive games between the sides with Wolves winning four, the Cobblers two and with one draw.

The Man In The Middle…

Carl Boyeson takes charge at Sixfields tonight having last refereed a Cobblers game in the 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers last August.


Tough to call and a lot will depend on the team selection from the visitors. A second string would give us a chance but you know Mick McCarthy will never send a team out without fight in them. I’ll go for an ambitious 2-1 victory in extra time!

1 thought on “Northampton Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers: Match Preview

  1. It’s the cup and in any cup the underdog has a chance but no disrespect to the cobblers the team Mick sends out should be more than enough for you to handle and I am sure Mick will be telling the lads exactly that – but!

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