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26th November 2004  
At Aggborough
27/11/04 3:00pm
Following this game some fans are planning a protest against the board.  Others will be attending a meeting in the Supporters Club in an attempt to thrash out a way of approaching the board to discuss our valid problems.

Both sets of fans will be doing what they see as the best way of getting their message across to a non-communicative board that seem hell bent on going for the cheapest and safest option.  To promote from within.

It may have worked for Liverpool in the past but it ain't going to work for us.  My bet is that Shaun Cunnington will get the job after some less than impressive results and Graham Allner will become our new General Manager / Director of Football.

We really do need someone with a wealth of experience in football and will come with a decent pedigree.  These are qualities that this board are not prepared to pay for and so it follows that we'll be getting what we deserve.  The Shaun and Graham show and a timebomb waiting to go off.

Following last Saturdays game at Grimsby there will definitely be two changes to the team now that Jesper Christiansen and Youssou Diop have been given their cards and directions to the nearest Job Centre.

Jespers' leaving was a bit of a surprise seeing that everyone thought that he was at last beginning to find his true place in the side but the dismissal of Diop was a foregone certainty following the fracas between himself and Jimmy Conway.

We now find the squad is back down to bare bones without these two and the Three Musketeers, Mellon, Haxell and Christie so we have to go with what we have.

Pedro Matias, who made his debut by scoring against Grimsby, will start and so will Simon Russell.  His pace should be a good substitute for the still injured Ian Foster.

There's no word about James Keene after he missed training, and the game last week, with a virus but he should be fit again so will be expecting to start.  Also fully fit is Simon Brown.

Will we be getting that long awaited win and a reprieve for the board?  That all depends on our selves and the kind of fight that Northampton will put up.

They've been going through a bad run of their own in recent weeks and their claims of being promotion contenders look to have fallen on stony ground.  They have only picked up one point in the last three League games and have now dropped down to midtable after being on the edge of the play-offs for quite a while.

Town will be attempting to get back on track without their star striker Marc Richards.  He had only just come back after a knee op and damaged it again against Chester City last week.  He'll be out for another 3 months now.

Josh Low is doubtful having picked up a chest infection after having only just returned from a knee injury and they will certainly be without Ashley Westwood with a long term thigh injury.

Town also have Banana man playing for them.  They signed Julian Alsop after he was sacked by Oxford a month ago for an alleged abuse of a youth team player.  That all seems to have gone quiet now and I think we have more important things to worry about.

We did the double over Northampton last season.  Will we do it again with a side that are a shadow of what we had then?


Harriers from:
Clarke, Lewis, Burton, Cooper, Beswetherick, Sall, Bennett, Hatswell, McHale, Advice-Desruisseaux, Jenkins, Keates, Matias, Gleeson, Brown, Stamp, Foster, Russell, Keene.

Northampton from:
Harper, Chambers, Jaszczun, Willmott, Murray, Reeves, Youngs, Low, McGleish, Bunn, Rowson, Cozic, Amoo, Sabin, Smith, Bojic, Galbraith, Graham, Williamson, Alsop.
Previous games against Northampton
Harriers score first
2004 - 05
0 - 2
2003 - 04
2 - 1
1 - 0
2002 - 03
2001 - 02
2000 - 01

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