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Ospreys 32 Northampton Saints 15: Tom Vickers' review and player ratings

There may have been a big off-field change made during the week, but it was very much the same old story on the pitch for Saints on Sunday afternoon.
Ben Foden skippered Saints at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Foden admits Saints are struggling to plug gaps during 'brutal' spell

Ben Foden admits there are gaps 'everywhere we look' at Saints right now.

Alan Dickens (right) and Ben Foden with future Saints fly-half Dan Biggar after the game at the Liberty Stadium (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Dickens embracing Saints challenge after latest defeat

Alan Dickens insists he is looking forward to the immediate challenge of trying to turn Saints' season around after seeing his side suffer a defeat in Swansea.

Harry Mallinder scored for Saints at the Liberty Stadium (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints start new era with another sizeable defeat to Ospreys

Saints started life without Jim Mallinder in the same fashion as his tenure ended, as Ospreys secured a bonus-point 32-15 win at the rain-soaked Liberty Stadium.
LATE RED: Walsall striker Amadou Bakayoko is given his marching orders as tempers boil over. Pictures: Sharon Lucey

Northampton Town 2 Walsall 1 – match review, player ratings and highlights

When Erhun Oztumer pounced on a calamitous defensive mix-up to steer Walsall ahead just 90 seconds into Saturday’s contest against the Cobblers, the sense of dread that went around most of Sixfields was palpable. It was very much a ‘here we go again’ feeling.

First defeat in four: Jon Whitney's side saw their three-game winning run ended by the Cobblers. Picture by Sharon Lucey

Opposition view: Whitney frustrated by Walsall’s ‘really poor discipline’ after defeat to Cobblers

Walsall manager John Whitney had no complaints over Amadou Bakayoko’s late sending off as he bemoaned his side’s ‘really poor discipline’ during their 2-1 defeat to the Cobblers at Sixfields on Saturday.

TIMELY WIN: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's men ended a run of six games without victory by beating Walsall on Saturday. Picture by Sharon Lucey

Hasselbaink grateful for Sixfields support after Cobblers stop the rot

Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink hailed the positive influence of the Sixfields crowd after his side came from behind to earn three important points as they beat Walsall 2-1 on Saturday.

Chris Long celebrates firing the Cobblers into a 2-1 lead (Pictures: Sharon Lucey)

Long double secures crucial win as Cobblers sink Saddlers at Sixfields

Chris Long bagged himself a first-half brace as Cobblers ended their six-game winless run by coming from behind and beating Walsall 2-1 in a feisty game at Sixfields.

Cobblers defender Dave Buchanan

Buchanan says Cobblers have the characters to stop the rot at Sixfields

Defender Dave Buchanan believes the Cobblers squad possesses the characters needed to get out of the relegation mire they find themselves in.

Action from the last time these two met when the Saddlers ran out 2-1 winners in February

James Heneghan’s Northampton Town v Walsall preview

Fixture: Northampton Town v Walsall, Sky Bet League One

Harry Mallinder will start at full-back for Saints (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Ospreys v Northampton Saints: Tom Vickers' match preview

Fixture: Ospreys v Northampton Saints
Courtney Lawes has been rested for the trip to the Liberty Stadium (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints without England stars for first game since Mallinder departure

Saints will be without England stars Courtney Lawes and Dylan Hartley for the first game since Jim Mallinder's departure.

EYES ON THE BALL - action from Old Northamptonians' win over Leighton Buzzard (Pictures: Dave Ikin)

MEN’S RUGBY: Holt and Patrick at the double for ONs

Guy Holt and Joe Patrick both picked up two tries as Old Northamptonians cruised past Leighton Buzzard 43-7 in Midlands 1 (East).

Rugby union
Mike Green with a fly-caught 10-8 salmon

ANGLING: Green has salmon to smile about!

If you have drawn a blank after travelling half-way round the world for some ‘special’ fish, you need something to take your mind off it when you get back...

Action from Northants Thunder Under-14s' win over Worcester (Pictures: Dave Ikin)

BASKETBALL: Eight-in-a-row for on-song Northants Thunder

Northants Thunder claimed an excellent 76-43 win over Birmingham Mets IIs to stretch their winning run to eight games and stay second in the Men’s National League Division Four (Midlands Conference).

Rugby & Northampton ladies team

ATHLETICS: Jones leads the way for Rugby & Northampton in Stoke

Dominic Jones led home Rugby & Northampton AC in Division One of the Birmingham Cross Country League, finishing a superb 11th place at Park Hall Country Park in Stoke.

Neil McKee and Andrew Manton have both been called into the England squad

BOWLS: Kingsthorpe quartet get England call

Four Kingsthorpe bowlers are celebrating after they were selected by England for the forthcoming Senior British Isles Series.

Walsall boss Jon Whitney

Walsall boss Whitney wary of Cobblers backlash

Boss Jon Whitney is warning his Walsall players to expect a Cobblers backlash when they walk out at Sixfields on Saturday.

BALANCING ACT - Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Hasselbaink facing catch-22 situation as he tries to turn Cobblers fortunes around

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink admits he is facing a catch-22 situation as he tries to get the Cobblers back to winning ways.

Cobblers chairman Kelvin Thomas

January transfer window always an ‘important period’ says chairman Thomas

Chairman Kelvin Thomas accepts the January transfer window is going to be a crucial time for the Cobblers as they try to turn their season around, but insists it is a time of year that is always ‘an important period’.

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