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The big preview: Northampton

20 December 2013

Wanderers will be looking to kick-off the festive period in style when they visit Northampton Town on Saturday (k.o 3pm).

Blues go into the game on the back of last weekend’s dramatic 2-2 draw with Scunthorpe United, and the Chairboys will be aiming to go one better this time around and end a run of form that has not since them win since the FA Cup victory at Crewe Alexandra.

Northampton’s form has picked up in recent weeks with Aidy Boothroyd’s side having three of their last seven matches in all competitions, compared to just two of their previous 17.

The Cobblers drew 1-1 at Bury last time out, but they have proved a difficult side to beat at Sixfields with just two of their 10 defeats coming at home.

Gareth Ainsworth – talking to Chairboys Player

It shows how competitive the league is when you look at where Northampton were last season and where they are now.“It will be a tough game. 

“There’s not a lot of changes gone on at the club and I keep harping on about how competitive this league is, but this is proof.

“Northampton are at the bottom of the league at the moment and they were play-offs last year – it’s because anyone can beat anyone.

“They’re becoming well aware of that and we have to be aware of that on Saturday. We have to go out there with a strong, mental attitude and give it our all to beat Northampton.”

Aidy Boothroyd – talking to BBC Radio Northampton

“We showed character. I will not accept people saying we didn't put up a fight. I've got to make decisions and I'll stand by them or die by them - but I will make decisions.

“We came away with a point but the players are disappointed. I can't fault the attitude and application of the players wanting to win the game, even at the end.

“We're in there fighting. We've not got a win but the league has tightened up a little bit more. A good result against Wycombe and everything looks a lot nicer.

“Two home wins and two away draws is, dare I say it, promotion form. But we're not in the promotion places.”

Team News Ainsworth will be without the injured Steven Craig and suspended Josh Scowen, but can call upon Marvin McCoy after the right-back sat out last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe after picking up five bookings.

Paris Cowan-Hall is a doubt after limping off with a knee injury against the Iron, while Gary Doherty is hoping to feature after missing that game with a back complaint.

are all long-term absentees. all returned to the squad that drew with Bury. Darren Carter should be available again following illness, but Kelvin Langmead, Lewis Hornby and Alex Nicholls Boothroyd has no new injuries to contend with as Izale McLeod, Stuart Dallas, Clive Platt and Roy O'Donovan

Odds

Wycombe 15/8
Draw 12/5
Northampton 11/8

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