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1st March 2004 
At Aggborough
2/3/04 7:45pm
After that disappointing result on Friday it's time for team and fans alike to get behind each other and go all out for the three points against Northampton tomorrow night.

When we played Northampton away it was Jans' first game back in charge and expectations were high.  At the end of a glorious night out we came back with all three points after Sean Parrish scored against his old club.  Three points is again a possibility and we could do with our first double of the season, it's long overdue.

We could be without Wayne Hatswell for this crunch game as we try to get back out of it once again.  He received a bang on the head at Doncaster and was taken to hospital where he was kept in over night.

Luckily for him it was just concussion so there is an outside chance that he'll be fit.  Matt Gadsby is also a doubt after getting a stomach injury in the same game.  He'll be facing a late fitness test but if he fails that then we could see a return to the side for Kenny Coleman.  He hasn't played for a long time now but has been training for the past three weeks so he must be getting fit soon.

It's for this reason, lack of defenders, that Jan has been searching high and low to bring in a new defender on loan.  Let's not be facetious here but I hear Fred Buxton is available and ready.

Scott Stamps will also be playing tomorrow.  Mainly through necessity, although if I was Jan I'd be tempted to drop him after his stupidity in getting sent off on Friday.  He let the fans, the team and himself down through his reckless actions.  He'll now miss the games against Orient, Scunthorpe and Macclesfield while he's suspended.

There should also be a return to the side for Scott Rickards and Ian Foster in an attempt to go for goals.

Northampton, managed by the latest Manager of the Month casualty, Colin Calderwood, will be without Ashley Westwood (hamstring) and Peter Clark (knee) for Tuesday and possibly Martin Reeves, he got injured during the pre match warm up when they played Orient on Saturday.

They won that 1 - 0 with a goal from a returning Josh Low.  He had been out for the last three months since breaking his foot in the LDV Vans win over Peterborough back in early December 2003 and scored within six minutes of coming on as a second half sub.

Northampton have also taken Vieira on loan.  Don't worry, it's not the ex Chelsea and Watford one, this one's a 19yr old Brazilian striker named Magno Vieira.  The Cobblers have him on loan from Wigan.

They have also been rumoured to be after Ade Akinbola on loan but as yet nothing has materialised.

Northampton have improved since we beat them, whereas we haven't, and now sit just outside the play-off zone in ninth place.  We have got so bad since our first meeting that we now sit third from bottom.

It all seemed so promising three months ago.


Harriers from:
Brock, Danby, Stamps, Gadsby, Sall, Murray, Coleman, Yates, Hinton, Keates, Parrish, Bennett, Betts, Ward, Christiansen, Henriksen, Rickards, J Williams, Foster.

Northampton from:
Thompson, Willmott, Reid, Chambers, Sampson, Carruthers, Reeves, Trollope, Hargreaves, Low, Lincoln, Asamoah, M Smith, Richards, Morison, Lyttle, Youngs, Ullathorne, Vieira, Harper, Hicks.
Previous games against Northampton
Harriers score first
2003 - 04
1 - 0
2001 - 02
2000 - 01

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