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Hasselbaink uncertain over O’Toole injury as Revell faces lengthy lay-off

The full extent of John-Joe O’Toole’s injury will be assessed by the Cobblers this week following his first-half withdrawal on Saturday, but striker Alex Revell faces four weeks out having undergone groin surgery.

TOUGH DAY: It was a second-half to forget on Saturday. Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds

Northampton Town 0 Scunthorpe United 3 – match review, player ratings and highlights

If you wanted a game to underline all of Northampton’s current issues – a lopsided squad, an over-reliance on one player and their ongoing battle for consistency – it came in 90 curious minutes against Suncthorpe United on Saturday.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Picture: Kirsty Edmonds

Disappointed Hasselbaink can't explain Town's poor second-half showing

Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bemoaned both his side's inability score when in the ascendancy and also their lacklustre second-half performance after Saturday's 3-0 home defeat against Scunthorpe.

John-Joe O'Toole holds off Scunthorpe midfielder Neal Bishop (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Second-half shocker sees Cobblers slump to crushing Scunthorpe defeat

Cobblers paid the price for a woeful second-half performance as they tasted defeat to Scunthorpe United for the second time in a week when soundly beaten 3-0 at Sixfields.

Ryan McGivern played the full 90 minutes at Scunthorpe on Tuesday. Picture: Kirsty Edmonds

Defender McGivern bidding to make his league mark after edging closer to full fitness

After twice coming through 90 minutes unscathed in back-to-back cup competitions over the past 10 days, defender Ryan McGivern now has his sights set on forcing his way into Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s plans on a permanent basis.

Lewis McGugan only played 10 minutes on Tuesday and is likely to return to the starting line-up this weekend. Pictures by Kirsty Edmonds

James Heneghan’s Northampton Town v Scunthorpe United

Fixture: Northampton Town v Scunthorpe United, Sky Bet League One

Five of the last seven meetings between Northampton and Scunthorpe have ended in a draw

Morris remains a doubt as Iron boss Alexander targets repeat performance

Scunthorpe United manager Graham Alexander is expecting another tight game against the Cobblers this weekend when the two clubs reconvene for Saturday’s Sky Bet League One clash at Sixfields.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Third time’s a charm as Hasselbaink seeks swift ‘response’ from FA Cup setback

Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink wants to see a positive response form his side on the back of Tuesday’s cup defeat when they host familiar foes Scunthorpe United on Saturday.

FULLY FIT: Matt Crooks played his first 90 minutes since September in Tuesday's FA Cup defeat to Scunthorpe. Picture: Kirsty Edmonds

FEATURE: Determined Crooks back fit and now up for the fight in fierce battle for midfield places

It says a lot for the sheer strength of Northampton’s current midfield options that a player of Matt Crooks’ quality is not guaranteed a regular starting spot.

SO CLOSE! Billy Waters was inches from his first Cobblers goal against Oxford on Saturday, only denied by a last-ditch defender's touch. Pictures by Kirsty Edmonds

Hasselbaink to keep Waters on the right for the time being after his impressive Oxford showing

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says he sees Billy Waters ‘eventually as a striker’ but the Cobblers boss will continue using him in a wide role for the foreseeable future.

Chris Long has become Hasselbaink's first-choice option in the lone striker's role

Striker Long ‘can’t get enough’ of working with Hasselbaink

For a young striker still learning his craft like Chris Long, it must come in handy to have Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as your manager.

Ash Taylor's header sent the Cobblers through in the Checkatrade Trophy

Date change for Cobblers’ Checkatrade Trophy tie at Pompey

Northampton’s Checkatrade Trophy tie with Portsmouth at Fratton Park has been moved to Saturday, December 2.

Daniel Powell's hamstring injury is not as bad as first feared and he could return on Saturday. Picture by Kirsty Edmonds

Mixed injury news for Cobblers ahead of third Scunthorpe clash

Daniel Powell is one of several Cobblers players who could be back in contention for Saturday’s visit of Scunthorpe United, but doubts remain over the fitness of Sam Hoskins and Alex Revell.

Marc Richards ploughed a very lonely furrow for the first hour of Tuesday's game. Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds

Scunthorpe United 1 Northampton Town 0 – review, player ratings and match action

While the result itself should be no more than a brief blip, this 1-0 defeat to Scunthorpe United was a reminder of the challenges Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink still faces in his quest to find a consistent winning formula.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink gets instructions to his players at Scunthorpe (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Hasselbaink laments ‘unacceptable’ first-half performance as Cobblers exit FA Cup

Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink had few complaints after his side paid the price for an ‘unacceptable’ first-half performance in their 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Scunthorpe United on Tuesday.

Yaser Kasim in action for the Cobblers at Scunthorpe on Tuesday night (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Much-changed Cobblers crash out of FA Cup as Scunthorpe progress

Cobblers will play no further part in this season’s FA Cup after their six-game unbeaten run came to a disappointing end with a timid 1-0 defeat at Scunthorpe United in Tuesday’s first round replay.

FAMILIAR FACE: Northampton face Graham Alexander's side for the second of three meetings in 14 days on Tuesday

James Heneghan’s Scunthorpe United v Northampton Town preview

Fixture: Scunthorpe United v Northampton Town, FA Cup first round replay

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Dean Austin. Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds

O’Toole available for cup replay as boss Hasselbaink plans strong Cobblers team

The Cobblers are to field a strong line-up for their FA Cup first round replay at Scunthorpe United on Tuesday with manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink eager to stretch their unbeaten run to seven games.

Pep Clotet's team have lost their last four games. Picture: Kirsty Edmonds

Opposition view: Boss Clotet believes Oxford ‘deserved more’ from Cobblers defeat

Oxford United manager Pep Clotet felt the final scoreline ‘did not match the game’ after his side’s 2-1 home defeat to the Cobblers on Saturday.

BACK AHEAD: Chris Long leaves Oxford defender Aaron Martin for dead before restoring Town's lead on Saturday. Pictures by Kirsty Edmonds

Thrilled Long can’t hide his delight after getting back on the goal trail

Chris Long’s beaming smile told you all you needed to know about how the previous 90 minutes had just unfolded, for both himself personally and also the Cobblers in general.

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