This weekend brings the last ‘six-pointer’ of the season for both Northampton and Bristol Rovers as they face off both needing a victory to boost their survival hopes.
Two points and two places separate the sides before the match at Sixfields after The Gas came from behind to beat Doncaster on Easter Monday.
Luke McCormick was the hero last time out and the on-loan Chelsea midfielder had high praise for his boss Joey Barton at full time.
“I can’t speak highly enough of the gaffer and his staff,” McCormick told BristolLive.
“They’ve been brilliant, them and the remaining staff.
“They’ve brought a real infectious energy and tapped into places I’ve not really been before. It’s been a whirlwind but we just need to keep going now and make sure we repay that faith that everyone has put in us.
“After training he read us a prayer and we did some grounding stuff. He’s a very articulate man, that people wouldn’t maybe assume but it was really good and I think all the boys took to it.
“In terms of, as a man, and how he’s connected with us on a human level, it was something that was needed and he’s put confidence into people.
“He’s given everyone an opportunity; nobody feels out of it and I feel there’s a real togetherness and that’s what they’ve brought.
Manager Barton is boosted by the imminent return of three players to the matchday squad. Alfie Kilgour, Josh Grant and Alex Rodman have all missed the last few games through injury but will be available ahead of the trip to Sixfields.
Northampton go into the game in good form at home. The Cobblers have won four of their last five at Sixfields however it is their away form that has let them down in their bid to get out of trouble.
Jon Brady’s side are winless in 15 away from home and with three of their remaining five after Saturday’s game being away from Sixfields, it is crucial for the Cobblers to gain maximum points this weekend.
Last time out Northampton were beaten convincingly by table toppers Hull and manager Brady was disappointed by his side’s performance.
“I was disappointed with the way we moved the ball in the first half, we were better in the second half but Hull were excellent and they don’t give you a moment to breathe,” Brady told the club’s website.
“The third goal was really disappointing, goal difference could be crucial and that was a needless goal to give away right at the end.
“We came here to try and close the game out and come away with at least a point but we needed more purpose and belief in our play.
“There were a lot of things we didn’t do right today but it’s going to be a totally different game against Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
Team news for Northampton is that Peter Kioso is set to return to the side despite coming off at half time last weekend through illness. The Cobblers have no new injury concerns.
Northampton Town Predicted XI (4-3-3): Jonathan Mitchell (GK), Kioso, L Jones, Horsfall, Mills, McWilliams, Morris, Watson, Sam Hoskins, A Jones, Rose
Bristol Rovers Predicted XI (4-3-3):
Mets: Northampton 0-2 The Gas
Max: Northampton 1-1 The Gas
Simon, Jack and Harley: Northampton 0-1 The Gas