Midfielder Darren Carter admits the Cobblers players are ‘baffled’ by the team’s woeful home form this season, and has called for a massive collective effort to steer the club away from the relegation hole it finds itself in.
The Cobblers begin a run of three home matches in the space of eight days this Saturday when Hartlepool United come to town.
The Pools date is the first of 10 Sixfields matches that Town have in their remaining 16 Sky Bet League Two fixtures this season, and it’s pretty clear that the home form is going to decide whether the Cobblers are a Football League club next season, or plying their trade in the Skrill Premier.
The problem facing Carter, his team-mates and Cobblers boss Chris Wilder is that Town haven’t won on home soil since edging out Accrington Stanley on November 30 last year.
Since then they have suffered four defeats on the spin, and Carter is all too aware that is a run that has to be halted pretty swiftly if the team are to give themselves a chance of staying up this season.
“Our home form has been poor this season, to put it lightly,” said Carter, a summer signing from Cheltenham Town.
“So if ever there is a time to put that right then it is now, with three games at home.
“Starting Saturday, we need to put on a performance and get a win, because it is all about wins now and getting points.
“The majority of our games are at home now, and we need to make Sixfields a fortress like it was last season.
“There is no reason why we can’t, and it baffles us a bit that our record at home is so bad, but we are where we are, and have to turn it around.”
Carter says the players are focused on doing just that, and says the supporters can play their part as well by getting right behind the team on home soil.
“Everybody is pulling in the same direction, everybody is together, and if you see the squad day in day out you will realise everybody wants to get out of this hole that we are in,” said the 30-year-old.
“We are going to have to do that together, it’s not going to be about individuals, it is going be a collective effort, and that means the players, the coaching staff, the fans, everybody.
“We have to have that belief and there is a determination about the team at the moment that we want to go and really set a marker for ourselves this weekend.”
Darren Carter talks about his form and confidence in the Chron this Thursday