Hackett insists Cobblers aren’t panicking ahead of Tranmere trip

STAYING CALM - Cobblers winger Chris Hackett
STAYING CALM - Cobblers winger Chris Hackett

Winger Chris Hackett says there is no panic among the Cobblers squad as they prepare for a second game in the space of three days, at Tranmere Rovers on Sunday (ko 3pm).

Town are well short of form, having lost their past four matches and suffered defeats in 11 of the past 14 games.

Their away form is also particularly bad, with not a single league point being taken since the 1-1 draw at Wycombe Wanderers on October 4 and defeats in two cup competitions during that period.

But Hackett says the players are not ‘panicking’ and is confident the team will return to form when they discover their winning formula.

“It’s a big match and I’ve played in a number of big games in the past two or three years for this club, both at the top and at the bottom,” he said.

“We’ve got to start putting things together soon and I’m sure we will do that. We have to find our formula and there are no panic stations here.

“We know we have a lot of quality in the squad and we are not panicking because we know that when we get it right then we will get there.

“We all know that we have got to find the winning mentality that we had at the start of the season - we could have gone third at one point and it’s the same set of players, things don’t change that dramatically.”

Hackett scored his first goal of the season, direct from a corner, in the 3-2 home defeat to Bury on Boxing Day and feels the performance of the team in that game should serve as a source of encouragement at Prenton Park.

“We put some pressure on and had a few chances but we couldn’t quite stick our chances away,” he said. “We take hope from that performance.

“Bury are a good team and we showed good spirit against them - we have to stick together now.”