Cobblers can cope with festive schedule - Knill

Alan Knill feels the Cobblers players will be more than capable of playing twice in three days
Alan Knill feels the Cobblers players will be more than capable of playing twice in three days

Alan Knill is confident the Cobblers squad will be able to stand up to the physical demands of playing two games in three days over the Christmas period.

Town play host to Bury at Sixfields on Boxing Day (3pm kick-off) before heading up to Tranmere Rovers 48 hours later.

The Shakers have not won in their past eight games while Tranmere remain in the bottom two but will hope to improve that position after appointing former Port Vale boss Micky Adams as manager.

Town themselves are on bad form, having lost 10 of their past 13 matches and failing to pick up a single point away from home since October 4.

“In this country, everyone is used to playing two games in three days because it happens every season,” said Knill.

“It’s slightly complicated for us this year because we have Tranmere, which is an overnight stay, but these games are good opportunities for us.

“I’ve always liked being involved in football at this time of year although not so much last season, because I got sacked by Torquay on New Year’s Day.”

Bury is a club close to Knill’s heart, having represented them as a player between 1989 and 1993 and as a manager from 2008 to 2011.

But despite such affections, it will be strictly business for the 50-year-old on Boxing Day.

“I love Bury and I loved my time there but I’m at Northampton Town now; I’m employed by them and I do my best for them,” he said.

“Bury is a good club with good players and they just can’t seem to find any form at the moment.

“They are probably a bit like us to an extent, they will be walking away from games wondering how they haven’t got anything.

“Every team has a spell during the season when they have a bad run of results and this is probably Bury’s - we have to hope it continues for at least another game.”