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24 February 2018 Venue Sixfields Stadium Attendance

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Match Previews

JIMMY FLOYD HASSELBAINK - 'WE NEED TO GIVE THE SUPPORTERS A PERFORMANCE TO GET BEHIND'

Read the pre match thoughts of the Cobblers boss

22 February 2018

Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says his team need to give the supporters a performance to get behind as he previews Saturday's home game against Oxford United.

"Every game is important but this is even more so because of our previous two matches at home," he said.

"We want to start well with a nice high tempo and we want to play with a lot of positivity and intensity.

"A good start would help us a lot mentally and hopefully the supporters will be right behind us.

"It's down to us to set the tempo and that can be as simple as taking a throw in or a free-kick quickly.

"We need to lift the fans, it helps if they are with us but we need to give them something."

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Match Reports

NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0 OXFORD UNITED 0

Northampton Town 0 Oxford United 0 - the match report

24 February 2018

SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Saturday February 24th, 3.00pm       
Sixfields

NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0

OXFORD UNITED 0

Attendance: 7,095 (1,444 away fans)

Cobblers: Richard O’Donnell, Brendan Moloney, Ash Taylor, Jordan Turnbull, Joe Bunney, Gboly Ariyibi (sub Hildeberto Pereira 72), Matt Crooks, Matt Grimes, Sam Hoskins (sub Shay Facey 88), John-Joe O’Toole, Chris Long
Subs not used: David Cornell, Leon Barnett, Daniel Powell, Sam Foley, Shaun McWilliams

Oxford: Simon Eastwood, Ryan Ledson, Rob Dickie, James Henry (sub Gino Van Kessel 73), Todd Kane, Jon Obika (sub Wes Thomas 73), Ricardinho, Alex Mowatt, Ashley Smith-Brown, John Mousinho, Isaac Buckley-Ricketts (sub Malachi Napa 81)
Subs not used: Aaron Martin, Cameron Brannagan, Scott Shearer, Josh Ruffels

Referee: Martin Coy

Booked:
Cobblers: none
Oxford: none

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

Sent off:
Cobblers: none   
Oxford: 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. 

Sam Hoskins replaced Daniel Powell in the only change to the Cobblers side for the visit of Oxford United. Shay Facey, back from a hamstring injury, was named on the bench with Hildeberto Pereira also amongst the substitutes after serving a one-match ban. Kevin van Veen (knee) was unavailable for selection.

The first chance of the afternoon fell to Chris Long but the on-loan Burnley striker couldn’t keep his shot down after combining well with Matt Crooks. The Cobblers were playing some neat football on a cold afternoon at Sixfields and Long again went close after some neat build-up play involving Gboly Ariyibi and John-Joe O’Toole.

Crooks fizzed a shot just wide while Todd Kane went close for Oxford with a rasping effort from distance.

A last-ditch challenge from Joe Bunney denied Isaac Buckley-Ricketts on 52 minutes before Long again went close to breaking the deadlock, firing just over from an acute angle.

Ariyibi showed good pace but couldn’t keep his shot down and Simon Eastwood saved from Sam Hoskins as the Cobblers built up a spell of pressure on the visitors goal. Long then just failed to connect with a ball into the box from O’Toole following a quick counter-attack.

Ricardinho headed wide as Oxford enjoyed their own spell of pressure, substitute Wes Thomas also failing to find the target from close range.

Both sides pressed for a late winner but with the game becoming a little frantic and stretched in the closing stages it was to finish goalless. 

COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 8
CORNERS: (2) 3          
FOULS: (3) 11       
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 2

OXFORD MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)       
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 10
CORNERS: (4) 8
FOULS: (7) 13
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0  

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Ticket News

SIXFIELDS HEADING FOR ANOTHER BIG CROWD FOR OXFORD UNITED'S VISIT ON SATURDAY

Ticket details ahead of Saturday's game

23 February 2018

Sixfields is heading for a large crowd on Saturday when Northampton Town welcome Oxford United for a 3pm kick off.

Supporters have been snapping tickets up for the game, and a large attendance is certain, but tickets do remain on sale and it is expected they will be available on arrival.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of matchday via ntfcdirect.co.uk with the best prices available ahead of matchday.

On Saturday, please visit the main ticket office if you are looking to purchase tickets on arrival.

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

Please note that tickets for forthcoming games are still on sale, but for the hour before kick off the ticket office will be selling Oxford United 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 1pm.

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 in 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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