It’s been a funny old week in football but in the middle of it all the Cobblers face Ipswich Town in their next League One match at Sixfields on Tuesday evening at 7pm.
Ahead of the game, here’s Charles with his pre match preview.
Cobblers – LDLWL
Ipswich – DLDDW
After a seventh derby defeat to Peterborough on Friday evening, the Cobblers look to bounce back against an Ipswich side that is yet to find its feet under new manager Paul Cook.
The Tractor boys have failed to score since their 2-1 home win over Bristol Rovers. That’s at least six hours without a goal, a worrying stat for any Cobblers fan as we all know how much we like to help teams out in these situations.
Ipswich come into tonight’s game off the back of a 0-0 draw away at Charlton Athletic on Saturday. And on Tuesday night last week, AFC Wimbledon handed them a 3-0 spanking in a game which saw midfielder, Josh Harrop sent off.
Ipswich look set to be without striker James Norwood after he limped off with a hamstring injury just 25 minutes into the match at Charlton. Former Cobblers defender and Ipswich skipper, Luke Chambers is in line to return to the side but it is under whether he will be playing in the heart of defence or at right back.
The Cobblers meanwhile have added Alan Sheehan to the long term injury list but could welcome back Mikel Miller to the match day squad.
After a good run out on Friday, Alex Jones has shown no recurrence of the injury which could have prevented him starting the derby and Caleb Chukwuemeka didn’t do himself any harm when he came off the bench either. Maybe Brady will give the young prospect a chance from the start tonight as a reward.
Last Time Out
Ipswich Town 0-0 Northampton Town
The only talking point from the game back in December was referee Darren Drysdale’s reaction to the penalty appeal of Ipswich’s Alan Judge.
Interestingly, Judge’s career at Ipswich Town is over, having been told that playing just one more game would result in his contract being automatically extended for another season and the club don’t wish to do so.
Other than that, the only other action in that game came when James Norwood was through on goal and failed to score past Jonathan Mitchell.
Why is it that even after constantly being disappointed by this Cobblers side, every time the next game draws near, (Richard) hope starts to lift it’s ugly head?
I was certain the season is over after Friday night. I still am pretty sure relegation is nailed on but having spoken to a few Ipswich fans last night, I find myself feeling surprisingly upbeat.
Ipswich haven’t been on a good run lately and despite their decent looking position of 9th in League One, four points outside of the play offs, their fans are in a downbeat mood.
Even a new manager and owners hasn’t done anything to make them believe any good will come out of the end of this season. So while it may seem a little too happy clapper of me to even entertain a victory, I can’t help but believe it could happen.
Imagine if it did too. We’d be back in with a chance of staying up.
Okay, I’ll stop.
Charles: Cobblers 2-0 Ipswich Town
Neil: Cobblers 4-4 Ipswich Town
Danny: Cobblers 0-0 Ipswich Town
Jefé: Cobblers 0-2 Ipswich Town
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