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JIMMY FLOYD HASSELBAINK EXPECTING VERY TOUGH TEST AGAINST GILLINGHAM

The Cobblers boss on Tuesday night's home game

12 February 2018

Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink knows the size of the talk facing his team as they pre Tuesday night's home fixture vs Gillingham, KO 7.45pm.

Gillingham have been one of the division's in-form sides over the last couple of months, having lost just once in their last ten games and being beaten just twice since the Cobblers won in the reverse fixture in October.

"We are at home and we want to take the game to the opposition," he said.

"Gillingham have been going well and they will be a challenge for us but we will be looking to put in another performance like we did at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

"There were some tired bodies after the weekend and we will have to look at who has recovered best.

"We have one or two struggling with tight hamstrings and we don't want to take any risks."

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NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1 GILLINGHAM 2

Northampton Town 1 Gillingham 2 - the match report

13 February 2018

SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Tuesday February 13th, 7.45pm       
Sixfields

NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Ash Taylor 55

GILLINGHAM 2
Josh Parker 6
Tom Eaves 18

Attendance: 5,123 (419 away fans)

Cobblers: Richard O’Donnell, Brendan Moloney, Joe Bunney, Ash Taylor, Jordan Turnbull, Sam Hoskins (sub Gboly Ariyibi 55), Sam Foley (sub Hildeberto Pereira 46), Matt Grimes, Daniel Powell (sub Boris Mathis 83), John-Joe O’Toole, Chris Long
Subs not used: David Cornell, Leon Barnett, Matt Crooks, Shaun McWilliams

Gillingham: Tomas Holy, Luke O’Neill, Max Ehmer, Gabriel Zakuani, Jake Hessenthaler, Tom Eaves, Conor Ogilvie, Josh Parker, Ben Nugent (sub Scott Wagstaff 71), Callum Reilly (sub Lee Martin 71), Mark Byrne
Subs not used: Bradley Garmston, Conor Wilkinson, Elliott List, Tom Hadler, Franck Moussa

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Booked:
Cobblers: Daniel Powell (20, 1st of the season), Matt Grimes (31, 9th), Jordan Turnbull (64, 2nd), Hildeberto Pereira (90, 2nd)
Gillingham: Callum Reilly (11), Conor Ogilvie (63), Luke O'Neill (79)

10 cautions on or before 37 games; 2 match suspension       
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension

Sent off:
Cobblers: Hildeberto Pereira (90, 2nd booking) 
Gillingham: none

Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off. 

Tuesday night football returned to Sixfields for the first time in over three months with in-form Gillingham the visitors. Sam Foley and Chris Long came into the side with Matt Crooks and Kevin van Veen having both picked up knocks in the win at AFC Wimbledon. Striker Boris Mathis, signed on loan from Everton in January, was included in the matchday 18 for the first time.

Gillingham started brightly and took the lead on 6 minutes, one-time Cobblers loanee Josh Parker with a fine strike from just inside the area. Tom Eaves then had a chance to make it 2-0 but failed to find the target from close range when Parker pulled the ball back across the six-yard box.

Eaves was on the scoresheet soon after though, the Gills top goalscorer ghosting in to convert Luke O’Neill’s cross-shot at the back post.

Daniel Powell fired wide in the first opening of the night for the Cobblers while Gillingham continued to threaten, Parker having a shot blocked by Jordan Turnbull before the Gills had a goal chalked off for off-side. A terrific block from Max Ehmer then denied Powell as the Cobblers tried to pull a goal back before half-time.

Ash Taylor halved the Cobblers deficit ten minutes into the second half, the centre-back getting on the end of a Matt Grimes free-kick to flick the ball past Tomas Holy.

The goal lifted the Cobblers and it took a good save from Holy to prevent substitute Gboly Ariyibi levelling the scores, Chris Long then with a difficult chance to score on the follow-up.

Joe Bunney dragged a shot wide and Hildeberto Pereira couldn’t keep his shot down as the Cobblers continued to press for an equaliser while Lee Martin also failed to find the target in a rare foray forward from the visitors in the second half.

Boris Mathis came on to make his debut as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink made his third and final change, the Cobblers still pressing hard for an equaliser but with time ticking away Gillingham held out to claim the three points.

Hildeberto Pereira was shown a second yellow card shortly after the final whistle. 

COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 8
CORNERS: (0) 2          
FOULS: (6) 14       
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0

GILLINGHAM MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)       
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 6
CORNERS: (2) 10
FOULS: (6) 12
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 3  

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GILLINGHAM TICKET ARRANGEMENTS

Fancy some half term football on Tuesday night?

13 February 2018

Northampton Town welcome Gillingham to Sixfields in Sky Bet League 1 on Tuesday for some midweek half term football (7.45pm).

Tickets for the game will be on sale on arrival. Please visit the main ticket office if you are looking to purchase tickets.

If collecting pre-ordered match tickets, please visit the ticket point opposite the main entrance, if collecting season tickets please visit the main ticket office.

Please note that tickets for forthcoming games are still on sale, but for the hour before kick off the ticket office will be selling Gillingham match tickets only.

Remember, you can beat the queues by buying match tickets via ntfcdirect.co.uk and printing your tickets at home! 

As part of increased security measures, a 100% search policy will be in operation. Because of this, supporters are advised to arrive as early as possible. Turnstiles will be open from 6pm.

Three points isn't the only priority on Saturday, making sure everyone goes home safe is the most important result.

Northampton Town have been working closely with the police and the EFL to review security at Sixfields. Now we are asking you to do your bit.

Following the dreadful Manchester Arena bombing last May, stadium managers from clubs have been briefed by counter terrorism police.

It is vital that everyone - players, staff and supporters - remain vigilant and report any concerns to stewards or police.

Attacks might be rare, and the chance of you being caught up in one unlikely, but the message is #ActionCountersTerrorism.

Here's a quick reminder of what you can do to help keep yourself and others safe:
• Arrive early, allowing more time for security checks 
• Minimise what you carry, fewer bag searches will speed up entry to the ground 
• Be vigilant at all times and if you see anything suspicious, tell a steward right away 
• If you see anything that could pose an immediate threat to safety, call 999 
• In an emergency, listen to the Public Address instructions and follow them 
• If told to evacuate, do so immediately, do not wait around to film events on your mobile 
• Move right away from the stadium as quickly as possible for your safety and to allow clear access for any emergency vehicles 
• Once you are safe, follow Northamptonshire Police on Twitter for updates

 

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