Before we look at the game, could you give us a memory from previous games against the Gas?
There’s only one place we can possibly go with this question…one of the greatest nights of my football supporting life…Cobblers 3-0 Bristol Rovers in the second leg of the 1998 Division Two (League One) playoff semi-finals. Rovers were 3-1 up from the first leg but Sixfields was ready and has never reached the same levels of noise as that night to power us on to completely turn the tie around. Incredible. (Sorry!)
How has your season been going so far?
Really well. We were all a bit worried that a completely new squad would take a lot of time to gel but Jon Brady has got them playing together in a new style very quickly. Summer brought some strong signings and we’re just starting to tick.
And what would you say your ambitions are for the rest of the campaign?
At the start of the season I’d have probably said top ten but from what I’ve seen of League Two so far this season there’s no reason why we can’t be bothering at least the playoff places.
How is your form coming into the game?
We’ve just off the back of four league wins in four without conceding a goal so league form is superb. We had a small blip in the Pizza Cup but that team was scattered with teenagers before we took Cambridge to a replay in the FA Cup First Round.
All in all, it’s been a really positive few weeks and Jon Brady was nominated for Manager of the Month.
How do you think you’ll setup for our game?
We’ve moved to a 4-5-1/4-3-3 recently which has been a major part of the upturn in form. Paul Lewis will push on from midfield to support Kion Etete up front with Etete now starting to find his goal scoring feet after a slow start on loan from Spurs.
Any weak links in your side?
We struggle a little bit against teams that play around us and out from the back (eg Forest Green Rovers) and occasionally can get caught out at full back position when they maraud up the pitch!
Who are your standout players?
Kion Etete has started to find his feet up front and he enjoys winding up opposition fans so expect him to get under your skin! Paul Lewis has been on fire in front of goal recently breaking from midfield and you’ll be reacquainted with left back Ali Koiki who loves to power forwards.
I’ve got a feeling this may be a draw. Rovers seem to be decent on your day and I’m not sure when the last time was when we won five league games in a row! 1-1
Where do you think you’ll be come the end of the season?
I’ll go for an optimistic third!