Saturday, January 5th 2013
With 2013 off to a flying start thanks to Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Dagenham and Redbridge it’s another Sixfields encounter tomorrow afternoon with Fleetwood Town the visitors and revenge on the Cobblers’ minds. The Cod Army picked up a late, late 1-0 win against us earlier in the season after Danny East’s controversial red card leading to a backs-to-the-walls performance that just wasn’t enough.
Another side plot to this one is that the visitors hold something that the Cobblers so badly want – a playoff berth and with four points separating the two teams going into the weekend there’s a massive incentive for Aidy Boothroyd’s men to pick up all three points. Like every game, though, it’s easier said than done.
Triple signing for Cod Army…
Fleetwood made a triple signing on the opening of the transfer window with the arrival of former Rotherham United winger Gareth Evans as well as David Lucas joining from Birmingham City as player/goalkeeping coach and former Canada Under 21s midfielder Mozesh Gyorio signing until the end of the season.
Tight defence behind good run of form…
Fleetwood come into the game on the back of a five game unbeaten run in the league during which they have kept four clean sheets and held league leaders Gillingham at The Priestfield to a 2-2 draw. Last weekend saw them pick up an impressive 2-0 win at fellow promotion chasers Port Vale with David Ball and Alan Goodall keeping their good run going.
Clarke Carlisle made his official, full time return by signing on an eighteen month contract with the Cobblers this week and should go straight back into the starting line-up for the Cobblers. Luke Guttridge could also be pushing for a place after making a successful return from injury on Tuesday by coming off the bench in the second half against Dagenham and Redbridge.
Fleetwood look set to hand a debut to new signing Gareth Evans but recent loanees Barry Ferguson and Tom Barkhuizan have both returned to Blackpool following the end of their respective deals.
15/09/12: Fleetwood 1-0 Cobblers (League Two)
Danny East is sent off before the half hour mark for the Cobblers in our first ever league meeting with Fleetwood. Town hold on right up until stoppage time when Andrew Mangan scores a dramatic winner for the hosts.
07/11/09: Cobblers 2-1 Fleetwood (FA Cup First Round)
In a tight cup game at Sixfields the Cobblers struggle to overcome their then non-league opponents as Luke Guttridge’s opener is cancelled out by Sean Clancy just before half-time. But Guttridge spares the blushes of his team by firing in the winner on the hour mark.
The man in the middle…
Rob Lewis comes to take charges at Sixfields on Saturday having not shown a single red card in seventeen matches this season. He last oversaw a Cobblers match in October 2011 in the 1-1 draw with Rotherham United at Sixfields.
This is likely to be one of the tougher home games of the season but it’s one that could be so important if we do manage to win it. Aidy Boothroyd will have his players fired up following back to back home wins and with a place in the playoffs getting closer I think we could just sneak it to end the visitor’s unbeaten run. 2-1.