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A review of the January transfer window, on and off the pitch

31 January 2020

January draws to a close and we look back on what has been a successful month for the club.

As 2020 began, the club secured two players who have both made positive impacts since signing after the summer transfer window closed - Michael Harriman and Paul Anderson - with both players extending their contracts to the end of the season.

In terms of new additions, winger Mark Marshall, a player who has been a target for a number of Cobblers managers, put pen to paper for Northampton Town, while two new loan additions arrived in the build up to the Scunthorpe United game - James Olayinka from Arsenal and Callum Morton from West Bromwich Albion.

Both made an immediate impact, Olayinka winning the man of the match award on his debut and Morton earning a penalty that allowed Sam Hoskins to score Northampton Town's third goal in a 3-0 win.

24 year old, 6ft 3in centre back Lloyd Jones became the fourth new addition of the window when he signed from Luton Town.

It isn't just those new arrivals though, speaking on BBC Radio Northampton's Cobblers show, Chairman Kelvin Thomas confirmed that the club have rejected a number of offers for players to support Keith Curle and his staff in keeping the squad together.

Curle himself added, “I think it’s been a very good window and everyone has worked hard. I appreciate the support we have had in not only adding to our existing squad but ensuring we kept it together. The fact we didn’t have to sell any of our better players, who are obviously in demand because of our excellent form, is a real positive. We have a good squad which has got stronger this month.”

On the field, the Cobblers have enjoyed an unbeaten month. A last minute winner over Stevenage on New Year's Day was followed by a thrilling 4-2 win at Burton Albion in the Emirates FA Cup third round, with Keith Curle's side backed by more than 1,500 supporters.

More than 1,000 supporters were back on the road the following Saturday to see a 2-1 win at Salford City, a game that was followed by an emphatic 4-1 win over Morecambe. The hectic run continued with a hard fought point in a 1-1 draw at Leyton Orient.

The BT Sport cameras were in town to see the Cobblers draw 0-0 with Derby County in front of a capacity crowd at the PTS Academy Stadium last Friday, before a 3-0 home victory over Scunthorpe United, a game that saw three of the new players make their debuts. The Derby game saw Keith Curle pass the milestone of handing 100 appearances to players who are in or who have graduated from the club’s Academy or Football & Education programme.

February will dawn with the Cobblers still in the Emirates FA Cup for the first time in 50 years, and in the recently conducted 5th round draw, the winners of the replay between Derby County and Northampton Town will face Manchester United.

Finally, we can confirm that over 4,000 tickets have already been sold for next week's replay with sales continuing over the weekend via - adults tickets are £15 and under 12s are free!

January has been a fantastic start to 2020 for the club!


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