The Opposition View: Northampton Town

Last updated : 17 December 2015 By Jim Bonner

Firstly, how close were Northampton to going bust and are the off-field problems gone now that the takeover has been completed?

We were quite close to going bust, think we were four days from pitching up at the High Court to face a winding-up order. The now ex-Chairman really dragged his feet with the deal which certainly didn't help stress levels! We've cleared all the debts, the staff have been paid and the administration petition from the council has been withdrawn so yeah, the off field problems have pretty much gone!

As for matters on the pitch, they couldn't be going any better, could they?

The best thing about the financial trouble was the bond it created between the players, management and the fans. Home and away we've got right behind the team and you got the sense they were really playing for us.

Now we've had some good news, there's a real feel good factor around the place and the fantastic form has just carried on from that. We've been terrific in the last few months and we hope it can continue through a relatively tough December!

What do Cobblers fans think of Ricky Holmes since he left Pompey?

We love him. I'm not sure what Andy Awford was thinking when he let us have him last January! He's a very influential player and makes something happen every time he's on the pitch, and he's just getting back from injury in time for a visit from you lot. I wonder what might happen....

Who are the other key members of your team?

Marc Richards is one. As close to a guaranteed goal scorer at this level as you'll get. Nicky Adams, in place of Holmes has been our main creative hub and leads the League Two assists chart.

John-Joe O'Toole wasn't very good last year but this year he's been a man reborn. Sits just in front of the back four and is very adept at keeping possession and finding our attacking front four. Makes us tick.

What are the biggest strengths and weaknesses of this Northampton side?

Strengths are our attacking front four. Three nippy and quick attacking midfielders swarm around the pitch that make life hell for defenders. We ripped Luton apart in the first half on Saturday and we've done it many times this year.

Our centre halves are pretty slow and immobile so teams that have quick and nippy strikers can exploit that and cause problems.

What do you make of the current Portsmouth squad?

Looking at the squad you've got a lot of talented lower league players (Tubbs, Roberts, Adam McGurk etc) who I wouldn't mind seeing at Sixfields. I'd imagine you will get promotion this year, as our manager has already said, anyone who finishes above you goes up.

Where would you recommend visiting Pompey fans to go for a pint after the local pub went ablaze recently?

The Melbourne Arms is a decent pub and allows away fans in while also being close to the ground. On the same complex of the Sixfields Tavern, another pub has been opened, similar in style to the Tav. There's also a bar being erected behind the away end tomorrow for Pompey fans because of the blaze.

What kind of match can we expect at Sixfields and would you take a draw if offered now?

I personally think it'll be quite a tight affair, both teams have the potential to cancel each other out. And I probably would take a draw, remove the opportunity for you to close the gap too much and we then have York a week after.

Predict the outcome of the game.

 I think Archbishop Desmond will be paying a visit to Sixfields this weekend, 2-2.