Cobblers players ‘must stay positive’ ahead of Saturday’s crucial match

Northampton Town fans.
Northampton Town fans.

A former Cobblers player who played in the team which secured safety from relegation 21 years ago, has said the players need to “embrace the occasion” and adopt a positive mindset.
A sell-out crowd of more than 7,000 is expected to pack into Sixfields Stadium on Saturday to roar their support for the Northampton Town during their crucial match against Oxford United, from which they need one point to guarantee their league status.

Terry Angus, who was part of the Northampton Town team that beat Shrewsbury 3-2 in 1993 to avoid relegation to the Conference, said he believes the Cobblers are in a better situation this time round as they only have to get a draw to stay up in League Two.

Mr Angus said: “Each individual player will be thinking they don’t want to be the one who makes the mistake that costs the team their league status. Each forward should be thinking ‘I want to be the one who scores the goal that keeps us in the league’.

“I think the situation is better than the one we were in, but the players have got to get a positive mindset. I don’t think you can go into a game thinking you are only going to get a draw.

“They have to be secure and they should embrace the occasion. It means nothing for Oxford and they have nothing to play for. I think the Cobblers will win comfortably.”

A large group of fans is also planning to visit a number of pubs in the town to stage a vocal show of support for the Cobblers, starting at the Moon On The Square in Market Square at 10am and ending at Carrs Bar at Sixfields from noon.

Cobblers manager Chris Wilder said: “The fans have been fantastic and have helped us get to this position. Now we are calling on them to help get us over the line with a huge visual display of their support for the club.”