Every time the Cobblers play Dagenham and Redbridge I think that it surely must be this time when the incredible run of results against them comes to an end. Nine wins and a draw from our ten meetings with them paint the picture of dominance against one club that we’ve not had for years. But once again, on Saturday, we put them to the sword (ok, ok, the knife perhaps) and a 1-0 win took us further into the zones of comfort in league standing terms.
It’s as good a run of form as we’ve had for months and saw the ever popular loanee Ricky Holmes net the winner with a fine finish that further endeared himself to the claret faithful. Holmes has been outstanding since joining on loan from Pompey and one of the next orders of business for Chris Wilder needs to be getting him tied down to a longer deal. The difference that he, along with Lawson D’Ath on the opposite flank, is making takes a huge pressure off a defence that’s finally found some stability.
So on we march towards another home game but the squad numbers are getting smaller by the minute thanks to Emile Sinclair and Gregor Robertson suffering the wrath of Wilder’s January Cobblers detox. Sinclair wasn’t a great surprise to me but Robertson, a man who can cover at left back or central defence, could have still been handy back up. Wilder does seem to know what he’s doing now – something that I very much questioned a month ago – and will likely bring in at least two more new faces by the end of the month. Could we be in for yet another action packed deadline day in a couple of weeks?!
Either way, it’s all looking a lot brighter once again and with Newport County coming to Sixfields on the back of a 4-0 trouncing by Cambridge United on Saturday hopefully we can put more and more distance between ourselves and the scramble below.
Keep it up boys!