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Scouting Report: Northampton Town

31 December 2019

Get an in-depth look at our next opposition as we travel to Northampton Town for our first game of 2020 on New Year’s Day…

  • The Basics…

Located in the East Midlands, the Cobblers are now into their second campaign in Sky Bet League Two after just two seasons in the league above where in 2018, the Club narrowly missed out on safety by finishing in 22nd place - four points behind Rochdale in 20th.  

It was not a happy return following their relegation when the team were not able to build on an immediate return to League One and finished in the bottom half of the table in 15th spot.

The biggest highlight in the Club’s history came in 2010, when the Cobblers rewrote the headlines as they knocked out Liverpool at Anfield in the League Cup Third Round. After both teams could not be separated after 120 minutes played, the game went to a penalty shoot-out where former Northampton player Abdul Osman scored the winning penalty in a 4-2 victory.

  • Latest Form…

December was not a kind month for the Cobblers with the team being left frustrated having only been able to pick up just one win in five games, when they defeated Forest Green Rovers as Matthew Mills put through his own goal on their way to a 1-0 victory at home on the 14th of December.

Prior to that month, Northampton enjoyed a fantastic run of form where they lost just two in 14 league games as they pushed themselves into the automatic promotion places. The Club are still in the FA Cup after defeating Chippenham Town 3-0 in the First Round and Notts County 3-1 in the Second Round, they now face an away trip League One outfit Burton Albion as they look to make the Fourth Round for the first time since 2004.

  • Star Man…

Andy Williams has been vital part of the teams attacking threat with his crucial goals in important moments during games. The striker has scored six goals in the league and showed his importance early on in the season - after scoring a second half winner away at table toppers Swindon Town.

The 33-year-old bagged 13 goals last season for the Cobblers in his debut season and has a wealth of experience playing in the Football League. Williams has scored over 100 goals for Hereford Town, Bristol Rovers, Yeovil Town, Swindon Town and Doncaster Rovers.

  • The Gaffer…

Keith Curle was appointed as manager at Sixfields Stadium in October last year after taking over from Dean Austin. The previous manager left the club fourth from bottom of League Two last season with Curle successfully guiding them away from the drop.

The former centre back enjoyed a successful playing career that hit the heights with England when he was called up to Euro 92 and played the opening game against Denmark. Curle went on to play for teams such as Manchester City, Wolves, Bristol City and Wimbledon.

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