Northampton Town Preview Podcast Gillingham FC Away- It’s time for the second instalment of the Nene Derby this season.
The Cobblers head to Kent on a high, having beaten Ipswich Town relatively comfortable on Tuesday night at Sixfields. The difficulty now comes in the form of that little world called hope. Can Town win their next (and their last) three games? Before Tuesday we would have categorically said no but that win has, once again given us just a smidgen of hope. And in true It’s All Cobblers To Me style we’re staying positive with our full match preview.
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The Cobblers bounced back with an outstanding win over Ipswich on Tuesday to give every Cobbler in the land hope.
Gillingham also had a decent win on Tuesday, hammering Posh 1-0 at London Road, but there play off hopes were ended after giving a 2-0 lead over Oxford away on Saturday. Steve Evans side however, have an amazing home record, where they’ve earned 14 points from their last 6 games.
The last time the Cobblers won away from home in League One was the 3-1 win over Burton way back on November 21st.
Peter Kioso is a doubt for the Cobblers according to Jon Brady but that could well be a clever bit of mind games, in the same vein as the mystery injury Alex Jones recovered from just before the Nene derby. Other than that, Brady has the usual suspects to choose from but we must remember that every player is currently playing through niggles and the pain barrier in an effort to field a senior team.
Gillingham will most likely welcome Vadaine Oliver back to the side after he decided to sit Tuesday night’s tie at Peterborough out. Having won that game though, Steve Evans may well decide to stick with the same eleven.
Last Time Out
Northampton Town 3-1 Gillingham
Keith Curle gave himself an extra couple of weeks in the Cobblers hot seat with a 3-1 home win in the last game of 2020 for the Cobblers.
Sam Hoskins opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Danny Rose and Alan Sheehan scored either side of half time and a Kyle Dempsey consolation for the Gills.
I’m staying positive after Tuesday night. The Cobblers must win this game and hope that Wigan and Wimbledon both lose to stay in within the slimmest of chances of remaining a League One side next term.
Brady will stick with the successful Mills to Kioso corner routine and Danny’s favourite Petey will open the scoring inside the opening 10 minutes.
Five minutes later, Caleb Chukwuemeka will break from inside of his own half, nutmeg three Gills defenders before performing an exquisite Cruyff turn to take himself, and the ball, past the despairing Gills keeper. Sam Hoskins steals the goal off the line by slamming it home when there wasn’t even a question of it going off target.
A 2-0 lead at half time will be ferociously defended by Brady’s Cobblers for the first 10 minutes of the second half before Vadaine Oliver inevitably scores from a high, hopeful cross. Mitchell really should do better but we’re all used to it by now so no one bats an eye lid as the ball sails over his head for 2-1.
A nervy 30 minutes commences as Sean McWilliams is shown a yellow card that every Cobblers fan assumes will be red, having lunged in unnecessarily on a Gills midfielder.
With just 5 minutes to go the Gills have the ball in the back of the net only for Vadaine to admit to the referee that he handled the ball when he brought it down with his initial touch. Good old Vads!
The referee blows his whistle and the Cobblers live to fight another day.
Both Wimbledon and Wigan lose 7-0 to round off the most super of Saturday’s since the London Olympics in 2012.
Charles: Gillingham 1-2 Cobblers
Neil: Gillingham 7-0 Cobblers (all scored by Vadaine)
Danny: Gillingham 2-2 Cobblers
Jefé: Gillingham 0-1 Cobblers
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