The expected defeat at home to Huddersfield Town in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last night at least featured a positive response from the Cobblers players in a decent enough showing to suggest that today’s deadline day nerves were put on the back burner for a couple of hours at least.
It appears that Kevin Thornton may well have been released on a free transfer after he didn’t even make the bench against the Terriers and is at the end of his month to month contract while the Shaun Harrad debates and rumours will no doubt continue right up until the 11pm deadline this evening. There appears to be no truth in the rumours that Jo Kuffour could be on his way in from Bristol Rovers but it still looks like an action packed afternoon.
As for the action on the pitch, Huddersfield progressed in the JPT at Sixfields but there was a marked improvement from the Cobblers by all accounts. As quickly as Donal McDermott had given the visitors a 39th minute lead last night, Michael Jacobs had headed us to parity and it looked like a penalty shoot-out might decide the tie with no extra time in the competition rules.
But Lee Novak stole the tie by tapping in from close range but it was a night more about the application and attitude of the players than anything else and that at least gave us something to be cheerful about ahead of Saturday’s tricky trip to Southend United in League Two.
We now wait to see who’s here and who’s not as the Transfer Deadline Day does it’s worst!