So here we are approaching the halfway point in the season and the Cobblers sit just outside the relegation zone on 22 points, which for a club who started the season with a lot of ambition and a lot of promise is pretty appalling. The season has never really got started in my opinion, Edinburgh lost the first four and in turn lost his job and then Hasslebaink came in, winning two on the spin he lifted the spirits massively, but it’s fair to say nobody has come to Sixfields this year and left happy with the team (except for the away fans).
It’s not easy to pinpoint a specific problem with the team as on paper we are a strong League One outfit, although I have to say that one area we really are struggling with is getting goals, with a lack of goalscorers and creativity within the team it is so hard to see where we can go from this but hopefully with a bit of money spent in January and good business in the loan market we will be much stronger in the second half of the season. Chris Long can grab a goal every now and then but apart from that we really are struggling in that area. I highly expect the return of John-Joe O’toole to be a major part in us moving up the table if he can stay fit from his recent injury struggles and hopefully Sam Hoskins won’t be out too much longer as he adds a change of pace to our style of play, Daniel Powell is also a miss, just as he started to settle he was hit with an injury.
Ingram in recent weeks has been a miss, as I do not believe Cornell is anywhere near up to League One standard and we must be better in that area if we are aiming for consistency as we do not own a goalkeeper of good standard and are relying on the loan market. Hasslebaink surely has to see this? right? Some of these problems that are so visible to us supporters and he is somehow oblivious to it all.
To summarise I feel as January approaches I am slowly gaining more hope in the squad as I believe we will recruit well this window and Hasslebaink knows that he has to as he will be under a lot of pressure otherwise. I have to admit at first I was over the moon about him arriving but as his time goes on I am getting more concerned that we could have bagged ourselves a more experienced manager which is really what we needed. It’s too late to dwell over that now though and it’s time for us to really get behind him and be hopeful that the backing from the board is enough for us to really make a push this season.
I would love to know what everyone else thinks needs improving at the cobblers and how bad of a situation are we really in? Let me know in the comments below!