All you need to know about the Cobblers
Accrington Stanley 0-1 Northampton Town, Sky Bet League 2, Saturday 5th AprilLAST RESULT:
FORM (LAST TEN GAMES):Won: 3, Drawn: 5, Lost: 2
Relegation threatened Northampton Town are fighting for their lives following play-off final defeat last season. The Cobblers are three points adrift of safety but aren’t losing many games, having only been defeated twice in the last ten games.
THE GAFFER – CHRIS WILDER
After just over five years as manager of Oxford United, Wilder joined Northampton on a three and half year contract in January.
Wilder’s first job in management was at Alfreton Town in 2001 and was there for six months before going to Halifax Town in 2002. Wilder managed them for over 300 games across a six year period, leaving when the club were liquidated in 2008.
Wilder wasn’t out of football for long, and soon found himself as assistant to Alan Knill at Bury, although he left to join Oxford in the Conference six months later.
The U’s narrowly missed out on the play-offs in his first season, and looked destined to win the league in 2009/10, although they were pipped to the title by Stevenage.
Consigned to the lottery of the play-offs, Oxford beat Rushden & Diamonds in the semi-final before beating York City 3-1 at Wembley to secure a return to the Football League.
After three years back in the League and failing to make the play-offs from good positions, Wilder’s contract was due to be reviewed in the summer, although he left in January to join Northampton Town.
HEAD TO HEAD:
Northampton Town wins: 2
Burton Albion wins: 4
LAST TIME WE MET:
Thursday 26th December 2013, Sky Bet League 2, Pirelli Stadium
Burton Albion 1-0 Northampton Town
Ian Sharps struck late on to give Burton Albion victory over struggling Northampton on Boxing Day, keeping the Brewers only two points away from the top of the table.
In a tight game, it was Sharps’ header that won the game for the Albion.
ONE TO WATCH – CHRIS HACKETT
Experienced midfielder Chris Hackett has been one of the side’s most consistent performers since joining in the summer of 2012.
Hackett began his career at hometown club Oxford United as a trainee in 1999, and went on to make 142 appearances in all competitions before moving to Scottish side Hearts in 2006.
His spell north of the border wasn’t as successful however, and he left to join Millwall in the summer of 2006 after playing only twice for Hearts.
Hackett’s time at Millwall lasted six years, and in that time he played 145 times, scoring six goals.
After loan spells at Exeter City and Wycombe Wanderers, Hackett made the move to Sixfields in the summer of 2012 and has so far made 84 appearances, scoring eight goals - the last of which came in last weekend's victory at Accrington Stanley.