After last year’s relegation from League 1, it looked all but certain that the Cobblers would be making an instant return to the third tier of English Football. A 3-1 away win at Barrow on the last day of the season should have been enough as well, but fate struck and Northampton was confined to the play-offs.
Northampton comes into the play-offs having the joint best form in League 2, collecting 17 points from their last 8 games, including winning four of their last five games.
Defensively, no team has done better in League 2 this year, with Northampton conceding just 38 goals in 46 league games. Their firepower or lack of it can sometimes cost the Cobblers, however, with their 60 goals only the 11th best in the league and worse of all the teams in the play-offs.
When Northampton travelled to the One Call Stadium just over a month ago, Jon Brady’s side was unable to achieve a result, losing 1-0.
If Northampton are to go up through the play-offs, as they did two seasons ago, it will be through their defensive resilience.