“It Will Be A Very Tough Test” – Northampton Town Manager Previews Midweek Derby

Northampton Town manager Jon Brady demands that his side must be positive in their approach to the game against Peterborough United this week in the Nene derby but have to respect their opposition’s talent.

Northampton travel to the Weston Homes Stadium on Tuesday where they face high-flyers Peterborough in a local derby that could see the Cobblers extend their unbeaten streak in the league to five games. The Posh sit in fifth place in the League One table and a win in the week could see them close the gap to the automatic spots to just four points. Meanwhile, Northampton sit in mid-table occupying 12th place but go into the game with a better run of form.

Peterborough made it two wins in a row at the weekend as they beat Exeter City 2-1 at home with on-loan winger Ephron Mason-Clark netting his 14th goal in all competitions this season. The Cobblers were held to a 1-1 draw on Saturday to relegation-threatened Charlton Athletic as substitute Louis Appéré rescued a point with 10 minutes to go. Last time out in the Nene derby it was Northampton who were victorious as Mitch Pinnock’s 90th-minute volley earned them their first win in the derby since 2006.

Cobbler’s manager Jon Brady spoke to the club’s media and understands the importance of this fixture for the fans and says his players must put in a good performance if they want to come away from the game with something.

“It will be a very tough test, but as we always do with every game we will be going all out to try and get a positive result,” he said.

“The boys know the significance of the game, but our approach doesn’t change.

“Peterborough have done really well this season, and they have a good young squad playing exciting football.” The 49-year-old continued.

“We know how tough a challenge it will be, but we are going to attack it head on and if we can perform to our best we will give ourselves the best possible chance.

“We are going to be positive in the way we approach the game and in a local derby anything can happen. We want to put in a strong performance and hopefully send our fans home happy.”

Writer’s View

This game is all about bragging rights for Northampton Town. There is no real threat of relegation for the Cobblers and the hope of playoffs is probably out of reach, so all fans of the League One side can hope for is to upset a few of Peterborough’s fans on Tuesday night and disrupt their goal of an automatic spot. If the Cobblers can stop the Posh’s main men Ephron Mason-Clark and Kwame Poku, then they have a great chance of winning the game- that is easier said than done though.

The Weston Homes Stadium should be rocking on Tuesday and the home side will be the favourites going into the Nene derby. On the back of two wins and the aim of closing the gap to the top two spots with games in hand means they are in a great position to finish strongly this season. Peterborough have to make the most out of this opportunity they have and it starts against Northampton this week.

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