By Jamie Bye
Northampton sit 15th in League One and will face 3rd place Bolton at Sixfields Stadium, the first meeting between the two since 2008.
The pressure will be on the out of form Cobblers. They are without a win since the October 29 in the league, losing their last three on the bounce having only hit the back of the net once.
Consistency has been the downfall of Rob Page’s side so far this season. He told NTFC.co.uk: “We are having a bit of a blip at the minute but it’s important everybody sticks together.”
He also addressed the disgruntled fans saying: “Everybody is going to have a grumble and their opinion which is fine but we want the supporters here in their numbers right behind us. We will see how the Cobblers faithful respond to this come tomorrow afternoon.”
In contrast, Bolton come into the fixture having won nine of their last eleven and Phil Parkinson’s men will be looking to capitalise on Northampton’s recent poor run.
The Wanderers manager, speaking to bwfc.co.uk after his side’s 1-0 win against Coventry in midweek, said: “It’s competitive in this division with Scunthorpe setting the pace, but we’re hanging on to them. We’re on a terrific run ourselves and I’m very pleased with the spirit of the players.”
It’s been a pleasing return to form for the Lancashire side who have endured a painful slide down the football league since they were relegated from the Premier League back in 2012.
However Wanderers seem to be enjoying their first season back in League One and from their current position will be looking to mount a promotion-winning campaign.