I’ve had the odd feeling going into this weekend’s clash with Southend, one that hasn’t been with me for a long time. There appears to be no signs of any sort of debate about who will be starting for the Cobblers this weekend. It’s assumed that Town will line up with the same side for the THIRD straight game. That may not sound a lot but after a season of more chopping and changing than ever before last term it’s a welcome change that we already have a starting eleven that is thought to e Aidy’s best.
It’s up for debate of course but you can’t argue with the results so far. I’ve said it before but when you can name your team before you make the trip to the stadium as fans then something is right. Having the same eleven week in, week out (or as near as possible) is vital to any successful side. Anyone who has any memory of promotion winning Cobblers sides from years gone by will be able to name most of, if not all of, the preferred side for that season.
I’m not saying we’re going up but more that it’s pretty encouraging to see Aidy stick with his winning formula. Everyone knows their jobs, knows their functions and the more wins we collect the more confidence will fill each one of them.
That said, the players on the bench will be chomping at the bit to get back in. The likes of Bayo, Louis Moult, Henoc Mukendi and Lewis Wilson are lurking with all four giving us something different going forward. The back four, in my mind, shouldn’t change much unless a big injury or suspension occurs whilst Lee Nicholls was outstanding in goal on Tuesday and will prove tough to shift for Shane Higgs should Nicholls stay for the whole season.
So as we go into a third game in quick succession we can all head to Sixfields in the knowledge that we can spend our pre match drinks debating something other than who will or won’t be starting in claret colours. That can only be a good thing!