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Preview: Fleetwood Town v Northampton Town

23 March 2018

Fleetwood will look to continue their unbeaten run under head coach John Sheridan when they welcome Northampton Town to Highbury on Saturday.

Northampton drew 1-1 with high flyers Shrewsbury on Tuesday night, but had one of their key men dismissed in John-Joe O’Toole.

However, it is still a massive game for both clubs, with just two points separating the sides.

Town head coach John Sheridan said:

“They had a good result during the week and played a different formation.

“They’ve got one or two injuries and John-Joe O’Toole is suspended, but we know they are a team that’s fighting for their lives.

“They’re not going to come and lie down, and they know the importance of this. They’ll see it as a chance to pick three points up as well, so we’ve got to make life difficult for them.

“We’ll work on what they do but I want to look at us. I want to focus on how we can affect the game and go and win it.

“We’re at home and I expect us to win the game.

Northampton boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said:

“It’s a big game for both teams.

“They are a little bit more positive, they are a little bit harder to beat, very solid at this moment of time.

“In the last three matches they have used a different system so it’s going to be a guess for us what system they will use.

“We have to flexible. We have to be able to change our system when the match starts.

“They had a good win away at Rochdale and they have some good players.”

Form guide

Fleetwood – L D D D W 

Northampton – D D D L D 

Fleetwood have hit some form and are unbeaten in four, picking up their first win since January on Tuesday night.

Northampton have had some tricky fixtures against promotion chasing teams and have drawn four of their last five games.

The Cobblers occupy the last relegation spot and are two points above Fleetwood.

We’ve met before

Fleetwood have met Northampton on eight occasions, seven in the league and once in the FA Cup.

All the matches have come in the last nine years with the first meeting in the FA Cup in 2009, won 2-1 by Northampton at Sixfields.

The first fixture between the pair earlier in the season ended in a 1-0 win to Fleetwood thanks to a Devante Cole strike in the 75th minute.

Alex Cairns will have fond memories of the game after producing a super triple save in the first half which went viral, including a congratulatory tweet from Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.

Fleetwood have four wins to their name in the head-to-head, with Northampton winning three and there only having been one draw between the two sides.

One to Watch

Chris Long is Northampton’s top scorer this season, with nine goals in 27 games.

The Everton youth prospect has had a few loan moves to Bolton Wanderers, and the Englishman has made 18 appearances for Fleetwood, scoring four goals.

The Huyton-born man played ten games in 2015 for Championship Burnley in 2015, but failed to score and a result, was loaned to Fleetwood, where he played half a season, scoring four goals.

Internationally, Long has represented England from U16s to U20s level and has scored for the U20s against Uruguay and the Netherlands.

Northampton’s number 19 has impressed this season at Sixfields, and leads the club’s goal scoring chart by four goals.

Fancy a Flutter?

EFL Partners Sky Bet have announced their odds for the upcoming fixture.

A home victory for the Cod Army is the bookies’ favourite at 21/20, while a draw is 23/10 and a Northampton win is 5/2.

The last time the teams clashed, the Cod Army came out on top at Sixfields 1-0 thanks to a Devante Cole goal. The same result would give odds of 6/1.

For Fleetwood to win by the same 3-0 score-line the last time the Cobblers visited, there are odds of 16/1.

Tuesday night’s goal scorers, Paddy Madden and Jordy Hiwula are 13/8 and 7/4 to score in 90 minutes respectively.

Ashley Hunter, Conor McAleny and Wes Burns can all be found at 2/1 for the same market.

All odds are subject to change. Please gamble responsibly.

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Match Reports

Report: Dempsey and Bolger fire Town to first home win since October

24 March 2018

Goals from Kyle Dempsey and Cian Bolger sealed a first home victory since October as Fleetwood Town beat Northampton 2-0 at Highbury.

Dempsey finished off a flowing move after 18 minutes, with Bolger scoring a scrappy second from a corner late on. Northampton asked a few questions, but Town were comfortable in the end and deserved the three points. 

John Sheridan named an unchanged side from Tuesday’s fantastic win over Rochdale, with Nathan Pond captaining the side. Gethin Jones did replace Joe Maguire on the bench.

Just before the game there were tributes to Life Vice-President Ted Lowery, who sadly passed away on Friday after a short illness. Ted was a much-loved figure around the club and will be sadly missed by all those whose lives he touched. Pond, alongside Chairman Andy Pilley, laid a wreath in his honour just before kick-off.

Fleetwood started brightly at Highbury, with the home side putting Northampton under some early pressure, however the Cobblers were showing their strength, making it a physical battle in midfield.

Town started showing dominance and asserted this just 15 minutes in as Dempsey finished a superb team move off from inside the area. The goal came after a brilliant move from Toumani Diagouraga saw him play a smart one-two with Conor McAleny, before playing the inch perfect pass to slice open the defence, where the on rushing Dempsey calmly slotted home.

The Cod Army were playing some fine football, and could have doubled their lead when Ashley Eastham headed a Jack Sowerby free-kick narrowly over the bar.

The away side had posed little threat all afternoon, but they were unlucky not to equalise as they missed their best chance of the game. Kevin Van Veen received the ball inside the Fleetwood box, but could only fire over.

A free kick from Hunter caused havoc in the Northampton penalty area, but no Fleetwood head or boot could get a clean connection on it and the visitors managed to clear away the danger.

The second half started in style, as both sides had dangerous counter attacks within the opening minute of the half. Van Veen was unlucky not to score again as his powerful drive somehow went wide with all in the ground expecting the equaliser.

Northampton were looking dangerous from corner kicks, and this time it was half time substitute Kevin Luckassen who rose highest, but his header was off target.

Paddy Madden did well to try and pick out McAleny when the hosts countered, but the boot of a defender was just enough to direct his shot away from goal and out for a corner.

There was a strong appeal for a penalty after the ball hit the hand of a Northampton player from that move, but Town continued play and were inches away from a second goal when Dempsey’s powerful strike sailed wide. Fleetwood had regained their first half confidence, with Dempsey controlling the midfield play.

Town should have been 2-0 up when Jordy Hiwula, brought on just seconds earlier, was denied at point blank by Richard O’Donnell, who produced a wonder save to deny the striker’s header.

That foreshadowed what was to come next, as from the corner Town did sore a deserved second. A corner was swung in by Hunter, and after a goal mouth scramble, the ball was stabbed home by Bolger.

Fleetwood still had the impetus to drive forward in search of a third, but looked happy to let the Cobblers attack.

The last action of the match was to be a well driven free kick from Hunter, with the ref then blowing for full time on a win that Ted would have no doubt been proud of.

Fleetwood XI: Cairns (GK), Coyle, Eastham, Pond ©, Dempsey, McAleny (Grant), Bolger, Diagouraga, Madden (Hiwula), Hunter, Sowerby (Glendon).

Subs not used: Neal (GK), Burns, Jones, Biggins.

Northampton XI: O’Donnell (GK), Moloney, Taylor ©, Mathis (Luckassen), Van Veen (Long), McWilliams (Aribiyi), Facey, Pereira, Grimes, Turnbull, Bunney.

Subs not used: Cornell (GK), Barnett, Foley, Hoskins.

Referee: R Lewis

Attendance: 3,049 (504 away)

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Ticket News

Tickets still on sale for Northampton match

22 March 2018

Fleetwood Town return to Highbury on Saturday for a crucial Sky Bet League One fixture against Northampton Town.

Tuesday’s win at Rochdale has moved the Cod Army above Northampton in the table, as well as being two points clear of the relegation zone.

Tickets are still on sale for supporters, with fans able to purchase in person at the Highbury Stadium ticket office, over the phone by calling 01253 775080 or online here.

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