Match Preview: Fleetwood Town v Northampton Town

Three wins from the last four games have put to bed any questions over the Cobblers players being on the beach and we head to Fleetwood Town this weekend looking to push another League One rival towards the trap door. Having confirmed Carlisle’s demotion at Sixfields last weekend, a victory for Jon Brady’s side would throw their opponents to within touching distance of the same fate.
 
So all the pressure will be coming from the home stands at the Highbury Stadium with six points separating Fleetwood and safety with four games to go. With trips to that blue lot from down the road and Leyton Orient coming up after this one, it really does feel like last chance saloon.
 
It’s all about finishing strong for the Cobblers and a place in the top ten of League One is still in sight. The penultimate away day of the season, then, looks set to be a fun one in the stands from our perspective with all eyes on the home team to try and create a miracle finale to their campaign.
 

The Opposition

After a thirteenth place finish in League One last season under Scott Brown, there were some murmurings about Fleetwood being a potential dark horse this time out with a good squad assembled ready to go again.
 
But Brown would last only a month of the new campaign as his side suffered a disastrous start. The Cod Army lost five of their first six games, drawing the other, before Brown was sent packing. Lee Johnson came in to begin a rescue job with time on his side but he also failed to lift Town well enough to drag them away from trouble. Johnson was sacked after a home defeat to Bolton and Charlie Adam came in to become their third manager of the season even before the turn of the year.
 
Adam’s influence still couldn’t take full hold until after the January transfer window but seven points from Wycombe, Port Vale and Bristol Rovers gave them a glimmer of hope. Since then, form has been patchy with a whole host of draws not enough to keep them above the drop zone. They now come into this weekend knowing nothing but three points will do with just four games to go and time well and truly running out. A victory combined with results going their way elsewhere could still kick start a remarkable escape but it really is now or never.
 

Last Time Out

Fleetwood were beaten 1-0 away at Fylde coast neighbours Blackpool on Tuesday night while the Cobblers beat Carlisle United 2-0 at home last Saturday.

One To Watch

In a disappointing season, the Cod Army have relied on Jayden Stockley to be the main man in front of goal once again with the front man starting to pick up form after Charlie Adam joined as manager.

Stockley joined Fleetwood from Charlton Athletic in January 2023 and has scored twelve times for the club, nine of those coming this season. 

Team News

Fleetwood welcomed Junior Quitirna back into the squad for Tuesday night’s trip to Blackpool and, having come off the bench, he could be pushing for a start. Callum Dolan is another who return to the squad but he didn’t see any action at Bloomfield Road.
 
The Cobblers are still without left back Patrick Brough for Saturday and likely for the season while Liam Moore missed the Carlisle game and will be assessed. Tyler Magloire has been back in training but if he is given any game time this season it won’t be until the final couple of games at least.
 

Line-Up Prediction

Match Officials

Thomas Kirk is in charge at the Highbury Stadium on Saturday. Kirk last refereed a Cobblers game in March 2023 – a 1-1 draw at Hartlepool. Karl Buckley and Simon Clayton are running the lines and Kevin Mulraine is fourth official.

Prediction

The pressure has been off for a while for the Cobblers so hopefully any tension from the home end plays into our hands. I’m going for a 2-1 Cobblers win.

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