Chairman Thomas and defender Harriman 'very grateful' for 'fantastic support' at Pride Park

Nearly 4,500 turned out for FA Cup replay

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 2:10 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 2:26 pm
Cobblers fans made up almost a third of the attendance at Pride Park

Chairman Kelvin Thomas reserved a special mention for the 'absolutely fantastic' Cobblers supporters that turned out at Derby County in Tuesday's FA Cup tie.

A smidge under 4,500 Town fans headed up the M1 and were in full voice throughout the fourth round replay, even when their side fell behind and were ultimately knocked out of the competition.

It was a night to remember for the club and Thomas wanted to pay tribute to the efforts of all involved.

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"I think the players did really well and obviously a special mention to the fans who were absolutely fantastic," he said.

"They came in great numbers and they were very loud and absolutely quietened down Derby."

Cobblers competed well for the first quarter at Pride Park but the tie was taken away from them by two goals in nine minutes.

Thomas added: "I think we're probably a bit disappointed not to make enough contact in the first-half but Charlie's tackle right at the start of the second-half changed that momentum and we had a bit of a go.

"The second-half was much better and that's what you want to see from us.

"Now the focus is back on the league and we're in a good position and I'm sure the fans will continue to back us."

Defender Michael Harriman, playing at centre-back, spent much of the second-half just a few yards away from the huge travelling support.

"It was fantastic to play in front of the fans," he said. "They were singing from the first minute to the last, no matter what the score was, and it was brilliant.

"I want to say a big thank you to them because we hear everything and it gives us an extra lift, especially at 2-0 down.

"The noise was unreal when we got one goal back and we're very grateful for the support."