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Posted Sat 24 Sep 16

BIG PREVIEW | Northampton Town v Southend United

Overview

This game couldn’t have come quick enough for Blues who brilliantly dispatched Millwall 3-1 last week.

Phil Brown alluded to the difference three points and a good performance has made to the atmosphere around the club this week ahead of the trip to Sixfields to play a Northampton team who welcomed Manchester United in midweek.

Rob Page and his side will have had a couple of days to prepare after losing 3-1 to the Premier League outfit, compared to Blues who have been focussing on this game ever since the final whistle blew last Saturday.

The Cobblers return to league action after seeing their 31-league game unbeaten run come to an end at Chesterfield.

Form

Southend: DLWDLW
Northampton: DLWWLL

One To Watch

Blues will know all about former striker and Cobblers top scorer this season Alex Revell.

But one they might know less of but should be watchful for is Kenji Gorre.

The winger signed on loan from Swansea City in July and has the pace to cause problems.

He is a tricky customer, on loan in Eredivise with ADO Den Haag last season, who likes to take on his defender and get crosses in.

Despite not finding the back of the net yet this term, he will be the supply line to others and that is just as important to stop.

Last Time We Met

3 January 2015: Northampton Town (D’Ath 72’) 1-1 Southend United (Coulthirst 47’)

Team News

Anthony Wordsworth and Anton Ferdinand both got playing time in midweek against Dagenham & Redbridge on their comebacks from injury.

Stephen McLaughlin hobbled off against Millwall but it was just a minor knock and he is available.

Michael Timlin and Nile Ranger are still out but are hopeful of returning to training in two weeks.

Northampton’s Paul Anderson and JJ Hooper, both cup-tied in midweek, will be available for selection on Saturday, while the Cobblers have no fresh injury concerns.

They Say

Phil Brown:

“I’m sure Rob Page will have wanted free week to have a run at us as we have had with them.

“It’s about preparation, it’s about mentality and coming from the worst two weeks of my time at Southend where we have been trying to find a solution on the training ground, trying to find a winning formula and trying to find player’s games individually and collectively.

“It’s a lot easier place to come into, there’s a lot happier, smiling faces and it’s now about turning them happy faces into another match winning performance.”

Rob Page

“We showed great effort, application and commitment against Manchester United and my message to the players after the game was that we are going to need that again on Saturday,” he said.

“We wanted to win on Wednesday night but we know how important the league is to us.

“We were disappointed after Chesterfield and we want to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.”