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COBBLERS manager Colin Calderwood has urged the Sixfields fans to stop being negative and get behind the team.

Some fierce criticism came from the stands throughout Saturday's 1-1 draw with Bury, which was salvaged by a late goal from youngster Ryan Gilligan.

The Cobblers were booed off at half-time and full-time for failing to put away a team second from bottom in Coca-Cola League Two at the start of the day.

And while Calderwood says he is willing to accept any stick that comes his way, he admitted it was having a bad effect on his players.

"I'm very comfortable with the criticism that comes with the job but is it helpful to the team? That's what I would ask," said the Scotsman, whose side are now unbeaten in seven league and cup games. "We've just got to be a little bit careful with the expectation levels. We know we've got to get people out of their seats to support the team and it works two ways as I've always said.

"The way the game panned out, there was nothing to get so excited about, but that's the time when we really need the fans behind us, and backing us."

The mood of the fans was not helped when news filtered through that Eric Sabin, who left Sixfields on a free on transfer deadline day, had scored on his full debut for Oxford against county rivals Rushden & Diamonds.

At one stage, fans in the west stand even chanted the former striker's name, but Calderwood says he is confident about getting a new forward in this week.

"We've done a lot of homework," said the Town boss, who named a substitutes bench against Bury with no strikers on it.

"We're hopeful we might be able to bring someone in before next week, and there's been lots done away from the training ground.

"It would be helpful for the balance of the squad to get someone in, especially with Andy Kirk out at the moment.

"We know what we've got and I know what I think will improve us. Hopefully we're not too far from getting someone in but if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen.

"We'll be all right for next week, although over the next period we do need to get someone in."

One player who Calderwood has been in touch with is former Wales international Iwan Roberts.

Speaking on Sky's Soccer AM programme on Saturday, Roberts said he had been approached by the Cobblers boss to sign a short-term contract at Sixfields.