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Preview: Northampton Town (H)

30 January 2015

After a long break without a home game the Reds have a second in the space of a week as Northampton Town visit the Store First Stadium.

Ahead of kick off, the official website has all the information you might need:After a late Bury goal brought deflation and a third successive defeat in midweek, Stanley have a chance to bounce back immediately against Northampton.

The teams are just a point and a place apart in League Two and the Reds will be hoping for a repeat of the last meeting between the sides which saw John Coleman's side run out winners.[/vc_tab]John Coleman has a couple of injury worries ahead of the game, with Kal Naismith suffering with a knock sustained against Bury in midweek and Tom Aldred, who missed Tuesday's game with a knee problem, still a doubt.

If Aldred continues to be absent Seamus Conneely could continue at centre back.

Northampton recently added Billy Bodin and Tom Newey to their squad and both are eligible to make their debuts.[/vc_tab]The Cobblers have spent seven of the last ten seasons in League Two, with the other three seasons spent in League One. The Cobblers gained automatic promotion to League One after finishing in 2nd place in the 2005/06 season.

They then spent the following three seasons in League One, before being relegated in the 2008/09 season, after finishing in 21st place in the table.Since their relegation the Cobblers have spent the last five seasons in League Two and the closest they have come to gaining promotion back to League One was in the 2012/13 season when they suffered defeat to Bradford City in the play-off final. Last season the club finished in 21st place in League Two, after an excellent end of season run saw them escape relegation.[/vc_tab]

Chris Wilder

46 year old Wilder is currently in his fourth managerial role, after taking over as manager of the Cobblers in January this year. Wilder started his managerial career at Alfreton Town and has also managed Halifax Town and Oxford United, before resigning as manager of Oxford to join the Cobblers.

Prior to being a manager, Wilder had a successful career as a full back playing for clubs including Sheffield United, Rotherham United and Halifax Town.[/vc_tab]

Marc Richards

32 year old Richards signed for a second spell at the club in the summer from Chesterfield and has made an excellent start to the season.

The Wolverhampton born striker started his career at Blackburn Rovers and during his time at the club had spells on loan at Crewe Alexandra, Oldham Athletic, Halifax Town and Swansea City. Richards then joined Northampton and scored 11 goals in 55 appearances and also had a spell on loan at Rochdale, where he scored two goals in five appearances.

He then signed for Barnsley, where he scored 18 goals in 72 appearances, before joining Port Vale where he had the most successful spell of his career, netting 67 goals in 181 appearances. Richards then joined Chesterfield, where he scored 20 goals in 72 appearances before joining the Cobblers.[/vc_tab]The two sides have met on 13 previous occasions and it's Northampton who hold the upper hand with seven wins to Stanley's four.

The last meeting at the Store First Stadium came in April when the Cobblers won 1-0

Earlier this season the Reds travelled to Sixfields in John Coleman's first game back at the helm and ran out 5-4 winners in a truly remarkable game.[/vc_tab]Stanley have lost their last three games, away to Tranmere and Wimbledon and at home to Bury.

John Coleman's side sit in 15th spot in the League Two table.

In contract the Cobblers have won their last three games, against Exeter, Dagenham & Newport, and haven't conceded a goal in the process.

They are 14th and a point better off than the Reds.[/vc_tab]

Stanley

James Gray 5

Shay McCartan 5

Kal Naismith 4

Luke Joyce 4

Rob Atkinson 4

John O'Sullivan 4

Sean Maguire 4

Marcus Carver 3

Piero Mingoia 3

Northampton

Rochards 13

Toney 7

D'Ath 6

Mohamed 4

Cresswell 3[/vc_tab]

David Webb (Lancashire)

Mr Webb has been a league level ref since 2008 and regularly taken charge of games involving the Reds.

His last Stanley game was the 2-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Cardiff last season

This season: 21 games, 44 yellow cards, 1 red cards[/vc_tab]Admission prices for the game are:

Adults £20

Over 65′s & Students £15

Under 18′s £10

Accompanied Under 12′s £5

For more information on Northampton Town, why not visit their official website www.ntfc.co.uk or their Twitter feed @ntfc[/vc_tab]


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