Growing up as an ardent Stoke City fan, there are few things a young Louis Moult can have dreamt of more than scoring the winner against their bitter rivals Port Vale.
But that dream became a reality for the cool centre forward on Saturday when he latched onto strike partner Adebayo Akinfenwa’s through ball to put Cobblers two up and effectively seal the three points.
He said: “I was a massive Stoke fan so to get the goal today was absolutely fantastic, you dream of moments like that and the fact it’s come against Port Vale makes it that bit sweeter.”
Moult couldn’t have imagined worse circumstances in which to come on, with fellow centre forward Alex Nicholls carted off in the back of an ambulance having suffered a double leg break in scoring the first goal and the youngster was quick to pay tribute to his team mate.
He said: “It’s a massive win for him personally and he’s been terrific all season. We battled for him because he put his body on the line to get us that first goal.
“We’ve got a massive game on Saturday now against Bradford in the cup and hopefully we can keep it going and get a result. I think we can go on a little run now.”
The link-up play between Moult and talisman Adebayo Akinfenwa was one of the highlights of an excellent Cobblers display and Bayo was the first to congratulate his new partner on his performance.
He said: “It shows the quality that we have in this squad, there’s plenty of strength in depth and good players waiting in the wings ready to come on and get their opportunity.
“Moulty has been working hard in training. You saw his finish for the goal and I’d put him up there as one of the best finishers at the club but good players can play with good players and we played some nice stuff.
“if anybody had a magic wand and could make us play like we did today every week, you’d use it, sometimes it happens like that but were trying to build something here.
“Rome wasn’t build in a day though and you’re going to have your ups and you’re going to get your downs but we were very professional.”
One other highlight for the Cobblers was the performance of young midfielder Lewis Hornby who was making his full debut.
He put in a composed and assured display in the engine room and showed a pleasing maturity when in possession.
He said: “My family were here to see me and hopefully they were proud of me.”