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Preview: Northampton (A)

21 September 2018

Notts County visit Northampton Town on Saturday looking to build on the point they earned last time out.

After six Sky Bet League Two defeats on the bounce, the draw with Stevenage at Meadow Lane last weekend saw Harry Kewell’s side stop the rot and they will hope to have turned a corner.

In fact, Notts were disappointed not to win the game after leading three times but the performance suggested a victory may not be too far away.

Perhaps it will come at Sixfields, where the hosts have picked up just two points this season.

Northampton have been struggling in League Two, losing their last two games and sitting in 20th with six points.

Manager Harry Kewell and Cobblers boss Dean Austin are no strangers, having been on the coaching staff together at Watford.

Harry Kewell on the touchline

Kewell says…

“Northampton are similar to ourselves in that they shouldn’t be in the position they are and they’ve been unlucky in games.

“They carve teams open but the ball just seems to be going the wrong side of the post for them.

“The confidence is good with my players. They’ve been open and honest with me about how they have been performing and they realise that they need to take responsibility.

“Every one of them is giving their all. They want to correct any mistakes that have been made and want to win because the three points will give everyone a lift.”

Northampton boss Austin says…

“Harry is someone I know well from my time at Watford and I know Saturday will be tough but my focus is purely on my team and getting us going.

“When you are not winning games it does dent confidence but I believe in this group and their ability to win games – at the moment it’s just more of a mental belief.

“The players are in a determined mood and I believe that they are up for the fight.”

Jamie Turley

Team news

Dan Jones serves the final match of his suspension, while Richard Duffy is still side-lined for Notts.

Kewell hopes that Jamie Turley will have recovered from the rib injury which forced him off on his debut and Nathan Thomas will be pushing for a start after the birth of his first child.

Northampton have defender Aaron Pierre missing through suspension after his red card at Port Vale last week.

Austin says he won’t hesitate to make changes and could welcome back Leon Barnett, Shaun McWilliams and Daniel Powell.

Nathan Thomas

We’ve met before

Notts have visited Sixfields just twice in the past decade, drawing 2-2 last time with Thierry Audel and Jon Stead getting the goals.

Prior to that, Ben Davies scored the only goal of the game as Notts won 1-0 on the way to being crowned champions of League Two in 2009-10.

This weekend’s officials

Referee: Paul Marsden

Assistants: Nicholas Cooper and Gregory Read

Fourth official: Joe Clark


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