Cobblers goal star Ricky feels right at home at Sixfields

HAPPY AT SIXFIELDS - loan player Ricky Holmes, who scored the only goal in Saturday's 1-0 win over Dagenham (Picture: Sharon Lucey)
HAPPY AT SIXFIELDS - loan player Ricky Holmes, who scored the only goal in Saturday's 1-0 win over Dagenham (Picture: Sharon Lucey)

Ricky Holmes is happy just to be playing football again after his match-winning performance in the Cobblers’ win over Dagenham on Saturday.

The attacking midfielder spent a spell on the sidelines for parent club Portsmouth prior to his loan move to Sixfields in the first two days of the January transfer window.

It was an omission which did not sit well with the 27-year-old, who was the supporters’ player of the year at Fratton Park last season, but one which he has left behind to become a key man for Northampton.

“I’m happy just to be out on the grass again,” he said. “It was a long month being out of the side at Portsmouth and that’s never really happened to me before in my career.

“I’ve been quite lucky in that respect and I had to get out and play games. We’ve taken seven points from nine since I’ve been here and that’s very pleasing.”

Holmes left Sixfields on Saturday with the sponsors’ champagne after being named as man of the match and he has made an instant impression on the club’s supporters.

He feels it is part of his job to excite the fans and that the way Chris Wilder likes his wingers to play means they are more involved in the game.

“That’s the way I play, I believe that’s a winger’s job, to excite people and to get bums off seats,” he said. “That hasn’t really happened for me but hopefully I can go on a little run now.

“The gaffer gives you license to go inside a little bit here rather than stay at wide so you get more opportunities to score and get assists.

“Hopefully more of that will come - we could have put that game to bed after about 20 minutes and we have to keep this little run going now.”