RUFC - Fans Interview - Northampton Town
Rotherham United take on Northampton Town tomorrow evening at Don Valley and Cobblers fan Matt kindly answered us some questions....
What is your name and how long have you supported your team?
Hi there I'm Matt and I would say that I have supported the Cobblers for around 5 years now. Season ticket holder for the last four seasons and have been travelling to away games for the last three.
What made 'Northampton` the team for you?
I was a typical youngster and from a young age when I started to get into football was that I supported the best team, Man Utd. I wasn't influenced from my parents into what team to support as they weren't interested in football at all. I support Northampton because I'm born and bred here, and their my local team, plus I had no real reason to support Man Utd, watching the Cobblers his far more enjoyable and interesting than watching a team you have no connection to.
You`re languishing in the bottom four of the League - what do you need to do to turn that around?
Our discipline would what many would question, but at least three were very, very harsh decisions and should not of been sending offs in my opinion, Johnson's at Oxford especially.
It is really quite hard to pin-point a major problem why we are under performing to be honest, I do feel however we lack real firepower upfront, Tadhg Purcell's early season injury was a blow, a signing I was really excited about after his form at Darlington, and we do have Leon McKenzie now who has six goals in six starts, but he has persistent injury problems which keep him out of playing Saturday - Tuesday - Saturday.
How do you think your team will line up against The Millers?
A traditional 4-4-2 formation. Hopefully Leon McKenzie will be able to start as he was substituted at half-time at the weekend. And at left back I would expect Hall to replace Davis, who misses out through suspension.
Who is the player we have to look out for on Tuesday night?
Hopefully, if fit! definetely Leon McKenzie, really our only player I can see scoring at the moment. He missed our last two games through injury but returned at the weekend and had the ball in the net after only six minutes, if he were to miss out on Tuesday I can't really see us getting anything out of the game.
Who is the best player you have ever seen at your club?
From my time supporting the Cobblers Akinfenwa deserves a shout, we were such a threat with him in the team and missed out largely when he was injured, very healthy scoring record at Sixfields aswell.
Mark Hughes at the back was class, very very good defender that would at every opportunity put his body on the line for the club, and Gabor Gypes, now first team at Cardiff City, was a great player for us a few seasons back.
We had Kyle Walker, now at QPR on loan from Spurs, here on loan two seasons ago, which was a very successful time for him in terms of making a name for himself and after his spell here, he earnt himself a first team place when he went back to Sheffield Utd, who he was with at the time.
You`ve had five red cards this season, do you think there is a discipline problem in the club?
No, not at all. We have been quite unlucky really with our sending offs this season, as above, Johnson's was harsh and Osman's was rightly appealed last week. Dean Beckwith's at Cheltenham was for an alleged 'stamp' which was just an un-intentional fall but Davis' was at Barnet, a clear penalty and unfortunately, when you're the last man, you're off, luckily have him back for Saturday though!
What are the best and worst places you have been to watch Northampton?
The best would have to be Anfield this season, we were exceptional for 120 minutes and what a way to win, on penalties infront of the Kop, brilliant. Our trip to Leicester two seasons back was also a very good day out, a nice ground backed by 4000 of us, plus we nicked a point of them too.
The worst would have to be Chesterfield, luckily I didn't need the loo, apparantly it was just a wall in there! Plus we lost 1-0, a frustating start to a season with high expectations back in League Two.
And a prediction for the game?
Not the greatest of times to play yourselves after our poor showing at the weekend. But for some reason I have a feeling we might just win this one! I will go 2-1 Cobblers, we'll come from behind after an Adam Le Fondre opener.
Thanks for the great answers, Matt! Good of you to take time out to do them.
I think we will nick the game tomorrow 1-0