Northampton Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers (Capital One Cup Second Round): Match Preview

Northampton Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Capital One Cup Second Round

Thursday, August 30th 2012

For the second season in a row the Cobblers have been handed a repeat draw in the League Cup as we host the side that knocked us out of last season’s competition in convincing fashion, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Having been dumped out by Ipswich in 2010 and then gaining revenge on them a year later by putting them out in the First Round, Aidy Boothroyd will be hoping for a repeat after Wolves’ big win at Sixfields a year ago.

Happy Sixfields memories for Wolves…

Last season’s League Cup Second Round saw Wanderers win 4-0 at Sixfields thanks to goals from Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (2), Nenad Milijas and Sam Vokes. They went on to win 5-0 in the Third Round against Millwall but were knocked out by Manchester City who won 5-2 at Molineux in the fourth.

Under new management…

Mick McCarthy was dismissed by Wolves back in February after six years at the club with his successor Terry Connor unable to keep them in the Premier League. But now there’s a sense of fresh hope with new boss Stale Solbakken taking the job over the summer and the former FC Copenhagen and FC Koln boss is hoping for a quick return to the top flight.

Mixed start…

Solbakken was handed a difficult opener to his first season in English football management with a 1-0 defeat at Leeds United welcoming them into the Championship. But from there they saw off Barnsley in comfortable fashion, winning 3-1 at Molineux before drawing 1-1 with Derby County at the weekend in a game that saw Derby’s Theo Robinson equalise in stoppage time.

Boukari…new recruit

New Faces…

Wolves have brought in two new faces this week with the signings of winger Razak Boukari on a four year deal from Rennes and Bakary Sako on a three year contract from St Etienne. They join other summer recruits Frank Nouble, Bjorn Sigurdson, Georg Margreitter, Tongo Doumbia and Slawomir Peszko at the club.

The Cobblers have also strengthened this week with the acquisition of Danny East on a one month loan deal from Hull City and he goes straight into the squad.

Team News…

The Cobblers will once again have to field rookie goalkeeper Dean Snedker after Wigan’s refusal to allow Lee Nicholls to play in the competition. Snedker came through the First Round clash with Cardiff and will again have a chance to shine. Aidy Boothroyd has mentioned that fringe players may get a chance with the likes of Henoc Mukendi, Louis Moult, Lewis Wilson and Anthony Charles also possible inclusions. Bayo Akinfenwa is also on the sub’s list at the moment and could get his first start of the season. With a trip to Plymouth coming two days after this match there could be a fair bit of chopping and changing from the Town boss.

Wolves are in a similar boat and are also likely to change around their side again. Those definitely missing are Karl Henry (hamstring) and Jamie O’ Hara (hernia) whilst Bakary Sako is awaiting international clearance for the game.

Previous Meetings…

23/08/11: Cobblers 0-4 Wolves (League Cup Second Round)

Just over a year ago, Nenad Milijas gave Wolves the lead in the same stage of the competition at Sixfields. Sylvain Ebanks-Blake made it two before half time and a comfortable win was sealed with late goals from Ebanks-Blake again and Sam Vokes.

The sides hadn’t previously 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 have only ever been seven competitive games between the sides with Wolves winning four, the Cobblers two and with one draw.


On paper it’s another potential upset for the Cobblers but I can see this being just as much of a challenge as last season and we’ll have to be well on our game to come close. I would imagine Wolves would field a stronger side than Cardiff City did a few weeks ago and the best we can hope for will probably be a shot at extra-time. I’ll go for a 1-1 draw after ninety minutes!

***For a preview from a Wolves perspective, check out the following link: ***

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