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5⃣ Northampton Town v Grimsby Town: 5 Talking Points

We take a look at the five key talking points ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League Two clash with Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium

23 November 2018

Paul Burgess

Grimsby Town look to make it two Sky Bet League Two wins on the spin as they face Keith Curle's Northampton Town on Saturday (3pm).

We look at the five key talking points as Michael Jolley's men prepare to take on the league's 14th-place side.

In-form Cobblers

Northampton will be looking to make it five games unbeaten in the league, after an impressive 2-2 away draw with Exeter City last weekend.

The Cobblers also beat Crewe Alexandra, Oldham Athletic, and Macclesfield Town - after falling to a 1-0 away defeat to MK Dons in October.

And Curle's side are also unbeaten at home in the league since the former Carlisle United boss took charge at the beginning of October, with the Cobblers winning three and drawing one at Sixfields Stadium.

Town winless in five league games v Cobblers

The Mariners' last league victory over Northampton came in a 1-0 away win in October 2004, thanks to a late goal from left-back Dean Gordon.

Town have drawn three and lost two of their previous five league meetings with the Cobblers, with the most recent being a 2-1 defeat at Blundell Park in 2010.

But the Mariners beat Northampton in the last game in all competitions between the two sides as Paul Hurst's men picked up a 2-0 FA Cup second round win over the Cobblers in December 2013 - thanks to goals from Shaun Pearson and Paddy McLaughlin.

Wembley success v Northampton

Despite Town's recent disappointing record against the Cobblers, the Mariners have some brilliant memories of games against Northampton, including the 1-0 Division Two play-off final win over Ian Atkins' side at Wembley Stadium in 1998.

Town secured their famous Wembley double, just over a month after the 2-1 win over Bournemouth in the Football League Trophy final, thanks to Kevin Donovan's first-half goal.

The win ensured that Alan Buckley's men returned to Division One at the first time of asking, after their relegation in 1996-97.

Town hoping to take home form on road

Jolley's side haven't won away in the league since Jordan Cook and Charles Vernam netted in the 2-0 win over Macclesfield Town at Moss Rose in August.

But the Mariners have put together a strong run of home form which has seen them go four league games undefeated at Blundell Park, plus a 3-1 Emirates FA Cup first round win over MK Dons.

And now Town will be hoping to draw inspiration from their recent good home form, and secure their second league away win against Northampton on Saturday.

Jolley looking for "fluent" attacking play

Despite the Mariners' 1-0 home win over Crawley Town last time out, thanks to substitute Ahkeem Rose's 86th-minute goal, Jolley said his side weren't "fluent" enough with the ball.

And he hopes Town can improve when in possession of the ball against the Cobblers this weekend.

He said: "We definitely want to try and be creative, have good movement, good passing, and good attacking play when we have the ball."

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