Northampton Town v Rochdale Match Preview – Fellow relegated side, Rochdale are the Cobblers’ next opponents at Sixfields.
Who would have thought that the Cobblers would be going into this weekend’s fixture unbeaten? Not me, that’s for sure. I don’t think anyone would begrudge me believing that Coventry would probably knock us out of the EFL Cup at least.
As for the league, I really don’t think there is anyone to fear in League Two this season. Yes, I know that’s clichéd to buggery but there really isn’t. Forest Green have had a good start and so have Bradford but I can’t remember the last time a team started well and stayed at the top of the league for an entire season. Arsenal, maybe?
The one criticism that could maybe be thrown at the Cobblers so far is the lack of chances being created from open play. Jon Brady has said this week that his team have been more workmanlike than assertive in the first couple of league games so the shackles may soon come flying off. And what better opposition to do it against than struggling Dale.
This one is going to be fun.
Rochdale have had some problems and I’m not sure I’m going to be able to do it justice here. Having been relegated last season, Dale have only picked up one point so far – a 0-0 draw against Scunthorpe last Saturday.
Off the pitch it isn’t looking too rosey either. The Spotland side are currently subject to a so-called ‘hostile-takeover’ that neither the fans, nor current board seem willing to see completed. It is a very difficult situation as far as I can see and the #UpTheDaleNotForSale campaign has been launched by the Dale Trust.
On the pitch, Rochdale made five signings this summer but have failed to stop the rot in terms of their poor results.
Last time out
One to watch
Jake Beesley is a striker who has scored 6 times in 25 games for Dale. Not a great record but their fans seem to think League Two may see him shine.
Rochdale are really struggling for players as Covid has wiped out George Broadbent, Conor Grant, Jimmy McNulty and Aidy White who will likely miss out.
The Cobblers will definitely be without Fraser Horsfall, who is suspended. Jack Sowerby, Michael Harriman and Jordan Flores are all injury doubts.
Cobblers 0-0 Rochdale (February 23 2021)
Nothing to see here as neither the Cobblers nor Rochdale could do themselves any favours as the relegation battle began to heat up.
Carl Brook is in his 2nd season as an EFL referee and has had an interesting start to his season, dishing out a red card in all 3 of the games he has taken charge of so far this season. Will he make it 4 in a row this weekend?
Charles: 2-1 Cobblers
Danny: 1-0 Cobblers
Neil: 6-6 Cobblers
Jefé: 5-2 Cobblers