Northampton stopper David Cornell has been talking to local press about his fears of another relegation battle for the beleaguered Cobblers.
They dropped out of League One last season and currently have a seven point cushion between themselves and the bottom two, but he’s keen to ensure that gap remains healthy and they don’t get drawn into another soul sapping relegation battle.
“It was a horrible feeling last season and personally I don’t want to be involved in that again,” he told the Northampton Chronicle. “’ll do everything I can to make sure we’re nowhere near it.”
Northampton have won just once in their last ten matches and were hammered 4-0 at home by Colchester this week. They now face tough trips to Tranmere and Lincoln City, games in which a defeat could drag them closer to the dreaded drop zone.
Cornell admits his teammates have got to dig deep and find a way to remain in the Football League.
“We just need to grit our teeth. I know things aren’t going well but you can’t just hide from it. You have to grit your teeth and pull your socks up and go for it again.”
It’s a bad time to fall out of form. They’ve won just twice since bowing out of the FA Cup against Lincoln in November and look to be a dejected side lacking confidence.
Relegation is in their recent history and they need a huge mental effort to get out of the current rut.