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Pictures and reports from Anfield in 2010

21 September 2020

September 22nd 2010, a day that will not be forgotten by Cobblers supporters.

Northampton Town, 17th in League 2 at that time, travelled to Anfield to take on Premier League giants Liverpool in the third round of the Carling Cup. Thousands of Cobblers supporters travelled north to support the team more in hope than expectation.
The night didn't begin well. Milan Jovanovic put future England manager Roy Hodgson's side ahead early and many thought the Reds would go on to win comfortably, but the floodgates did not open. Half time came and went with the deficit still a single goal and belief began to build in the Cobblers ranks that Ian Sampson's side were right in the tie.
That belief grew and grew as Billy McKay equalised on 56 minutes to send the Cobblers fans wild with delight. 90 minutes ended with the tie locked at 1-1 and it was clear that Northampton Town had a real chance of pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the competition.
Incredibly, Michael Jacobs gave the Cobblers the lead in extra time, scoring from close range, but David Ngog's late header took the tie to penalties and spared Liverpool's blushes for the moment.
With the rain pouring down, the tie went to penalties. Steve Guinan and Liverpool's Ngog missed from 12 yards, and when Nathan Eccleston hit the bar with Liverpool's fourth penalty, the scene was sent for Abdul Osman to score and send Cobblers players and supporters in to ecstasy in the Anfield rain.

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