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Preview: Northampton Town v Fleetwood Town

1 December 2020

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Fleetwood Town face Northampton Town on Tuesday 1 December at the PTS Academy Stadium in Sky Bet League One, and we have all you need to know ahead of the 7:45pm kick-off in our match preview.

Fixture: Northampton Town v Fleetwood Town

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date: Tuesday 1 December 2020

Kick-off: 19:45

Venue: PTS Academy Stadium, Upton Way, Northampton. NN5 5QA

Match officials: Trevor Kettle (Referee), Declan Ford & Paul Evans (Assistant Referees), Anthony Da Costa (Fourth Official)

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FLEETWOOD TOWN

Town head to Northampton on a four-game unbeaten streak, in all competitions, with the last result being a 1-1 draw with Sunderland.

In the game against the Black Cats, both sides worked the ball well in the middle of the park throughout the game but struggled to create clear cut chances. The visitors managed to take the lead midway through the second half after Charlie Wyke headed past Jayson Leutwiler but it was captain Callum Connolly who slotted home to level up the game late on.

Before that, Town managed to win their game against Plymouth Argyle comfortably, finishing the game 5-1 at Highbury. They started out the game on top with Sam Finley and Callum Camps both getting on the score sheet within the first ten minutes. Wes Burns and Charlie Mulgrew added further goals before Camps finished off his second brace in two games.

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NORHAMPTON TOWN

Northampton head into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw against Rochdale in Sky bet League One at the Crown Oil Arena.

Keith Curle’s side broke the deadlock midway through the first-half as Harry Smith managed to fire past Jay Lynch, who was in the Rochdale goal, but a late effort from Stephen Humphrys changed the mood with five minutes to go, meaning both side’s would come away with just a point.

Before that, The Cobblers travelled to the Pirelli Stadium to face Burton and they got off the mark very early on as Smith found the back of the net just two minutes in. He would complete his brace just after the hour mark, with Chris Lines adding a third ten minutes from the end. Lucas Akins converted a penalty in the 90th minute, but it was only a consolation.

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PRE-MATCH QUOTES – JOEY BARTON

Head coach Joey Barton spoke to the press about his side’s trip to Northampton after the 1-1 draw with Sunderland on Saturday – here is what he had to say:

“With Northampton, I saw them in thew play-offs last season, and I know the way [Keith] Curle sets up. They play in a certain manner and it is effective for them.

“It’s not always about stringing hundreds of passes together, if your players play their best when it’s a different type of game then you will have to play that way.

“It’s another test for us, they are a newly-promoted side who have had a decent start and they will want to be beating us, especially with Jack Sowerby in the team.”

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ONE TO WATCH – HARRY SMITH

One to watch from Northampton will be striker Harry Smith. The 25-year-old has set the league alight in the last two games as he has managed to score three goals in them, with a brace coming against Burton Albion almost a fortnight ago.

The six-foot-five forward started his career at Millwall in August 2016 and went on to make 12 appearances in his debut season, scoring six goals in that time, including an FA Cup hat-trick against Braintree and an EFL Trophy brace against Luton Town.

In the 2017/18 season, Smith went out on loan to Swindon to gain more experience and managed three goals in his short time there before making a permanent move to Macclesfield Town in July 2018.

The striker spent one season with The Silkmen and after scoring another nine goals to add to his career tally, Northampton came in for him and has since spent his time at the PTS Academy Stadium.

Overall, at The Cobblers, Smith has scored 11 goals in his 18-months at the club and has made over 40 appearances for Keith Curle’s side.

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WATCH TOWN ON iFOLLOW!

Supporters can now purchase video match passes for Fleetwood Town’s Sky Bet League One fixture against Northampton Town on Tuesday.

With games still being played behind closed doors, the match pass is your best option to watch the Cod Army during the early stages of the 2020/21 season.

Town finished out November on Friday, maintaining their recent unbeaten streak, after playing out a 1-1 draw with Sunderland at Highbury and they will look to continue that form in December. You can watch the clash against The Cobblers for just £10 on Tuesday night!

If you'd like to purchase your match pass, click HERE.

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