Diamond hoping for another ‘special day’ at Mansfield after Cobblers sell out

Diamond described Northampton's away support as 'second to none' (picture by Kirsty Edmonds)
Diamond described Northampton's away support as 'second to none' (picture by Kirsty Edmonds)

Cobblers defender Zander Diamond is looking forward to another ‘special day’ at Mansfield Town on Easter Monday after the club sold their full allocation of tickets for the One Call Stadium.

Northampton will be roared on by 1,750 fans at Mansfield as they target a 17th game unbeaten and another three points closer to sealing promotion.

Mansfield have managed just one point from their last five games and are yet to beat a top half team this season but Diamond is preparing for a difficult game.

He said: “I’ve played there a couple of times and it’s a difficult game and a physical game, even earlier on in the season at home it was a tough game.

“We’ll go up there with confidence and hopefully we can finish off the Easter period with another three points and take another three points towards our target.”

Cobblers fans have been unwavering in their support throughout this roller-coaster season and they’ll travel in their numbers once again when heading up the M1 on Monday.

“It’ll be something special (on Monday),” added Diamond. “I’ve played in front of a lot of high crowds and the away support here is second to none.

“Tickets are selling like wildfire and it’ll be a special day and hopefully with that we can get the three points.

“It’s the old cliche in football and one we’ve used since we started our run but we just want to take one game at a time and when the time comes to celebrate, then we will do.

“But we’ve got a job in hand and we know we have a difficult game on Monday.”

Diamond would be content for his side to grind out another victory at Mansfield following Friday’s below-par performance against Newport County when John Marquis’ first-half goal was enough to earn Cobblers the points.

Diamond continued: “We had to dig deep. We knew Newport would come here and it’d be a free hit for them because they’ve not got much to play for.

“Warren (Feeney) has done really well with them but at this stage of the season it’s all about the result.

“The bigger teams somehow manage to grind out results and it knocks the stuffing out of teams.

“We’re doing that now and we’re getting late winners and defending as a group and it’s pleasing.

“We’ve got the points on the board and that’s been a group thing and we just want to get the eight games coming thick and fast because the confidence is with us and we want to play as much football as we can.

“It wasn’t pretty at times but to get the three points coupled with a clean sheet, we’re happy with that and now it’s onto Monday.”