What would start out in positive fashion would end with a feeling that we still had a lot more questions than answers in terms of how we would turn the slow start to the season around. October saw a dismal run of form lead up to the slow demise of Mr Johnson the following month.
Things started well enough with the Cobblers coming home from Underhill with a 2-1 victory, the first time that we had managed back to back wins all season. After Rickie Holmes had put the Bees in front, Town fought back in the second half and after Arron Davies levelled things up just after half-time, Ben Tozer nipped in for a winner with just a minute left on the clock.
Alas, this was to be the last piece of good news all month!
The Sky Sports cameras came calling and that usually means that we don’t wake up the nation from their weekend slumps and that proved true once again as Crawley edged a Saturday lunch time fixture by the single goal, scored by Matt Tubbs mid-way through the first half.
Worse was to follow the following Friday as the Cobblers were three down at Port Vale and completely out of sight by half-time. Tom Pope, Anthony Griffin and John McCombe wrapped things up and despite a slightly better second half it remained 3-0 and we were sent back to the drawing board once again.
A trip to Bradford was up next and suddenly there was very, very brief hope as Michael Jacobs slammed one in from distance to give us actual hope. Cue a ten minute collapse that saw the Bantams lead 2-1 before we’d even been able to check whether we would be able to climb to fifteenth place with a win. Craig Fagan netted from the spot before James Hanson made it three defeats on the bounce.
A nice home game with Hereford would surely sort things out, right? Wrong. Nathan Elder and Steven Leslie had other ideas and rudely didn’t run to the plan by putting the Bulls two up by the break. Loanee Saido Berahino scored his first Cobblers goal to half the deficit but Harry Pell made it 3-1 late on for yet another loss for Gary Johnson, who by this point was looking a dead man walking. Or shuffling.
That result left Town in nineteenth place, three points from the drop zone but there was finally a small relief to come as we earned a point at home to Rotherham to at least stop the rot and finish the month on a positive-ish note. Gareth Evans put the visitors in front with Conrad Logan handing the Cobblers a point with his own goal.
So that was October. Not one to dwell on really, was it! I’m sure November will give me something positive to write about…oh, wait…
Highlight of the Month: Big Ben Tozer’s last ditch winner at Underhill.
Lowlight of the Month: Take your pick! The first half collapse at Port Vale takes the honours though I think.
Player of the Month: Saido Berahino – At least gave the front line some much needed pace after joining from West Brom on loan.