Not the most difficult selection problems for Micky today. Apart from the new Italian lad, every fit/available senior player is in the team or on the bench. We are almost down to bare bones. Let's hope for a win AND no injuries or sendings off.
At last we scrapped for a point. Look forward to the reports.
A reality check? We are now comfortably in mid-table, but it is worth noting that we have yet to play any of the seven teams in promotion or play-off positions. In fact, of the 10 teams above us we have played only one (Mansfield).
We were second best today with Northampton missing several " sitters" when it was much easier to score. We did however keep going and defended stoutly with McNulty winning every header. Ref gave us absolutely nothing but then again this wasn't a great performance anyhow with too many misplaced passes and also the wrong balls selected. Personally I thought Northampton apart from their finishing were good and they will do well once they find their shooting boots - bit reminiscent of our start last season. I think the point was maybe slightly fortuitous but we cannot fault the effort. Stockton played some nice touches but he doesn't seem to want to play as an out and out front man - maybe that is on MM's instructions I don't know.
Northampton are the best team I have seen us play this season (only been to Stevenage, Port Vale and today), and i thought the looked dangerous on the wings and got in behind us on both flanks all too often. Jake was caught out a few times and looked scared of the pace of their winger. Manny did well against another tricky, quick player, and had a solid game. Steve and Ellis were again magnificent at the back, but there were a few missed tackles, loose passes that might get punished by a more composed side in front of goal.
All in all, it is a good away point, and another goal for Nors. Stockton was poor again for me, he was bullied by their center halves, and struggled to get off the ground and win flick ons. Fair play that he kept going and did a bit better second half, but I do think we need to have a think about an alternative to him for the next game.