Northampton Town v Stevenage preview

PUBLISHED: 20:57 14 December 2018 | UPDATED: 21:05 14 December 2018

Terence Vancooten of Stevenage puts a cross in under pressure from Tom Pett of Lincoln City in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Lincoln City at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Terence Vancooten of Stevenage puts a cross in under pressure from Tom Pett of Lincoln City in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Lincoln City at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Stevenage boss Dino Maamria is looking forward to the challenge of taking on Northampton Town at Sixfields on Saturday.

Grant Smith of Lincoln City punches clear under pressure in the closing moments of the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Lincoln City at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOGrant Smith of Lincoln City punches clear under pressure in the closing moments of the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Lincoln City at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

After the high of triumphing against League Two leaders Milton Keynes in late November subsequent losses at Swindon Town and at home to Lincoln City mean Boro are looking to get back on track against the 14th placed Cobblers.

Boro sit only three points outside the play-off positions with Keith Curle’s Northampton five points behind and four places lower.

A poor start which saw two defeats and two draws in his first four games former Spurs defender Justin Edinburgh was sacked by the club with Curle, who departed Carlisle in May, appointed as boss.

Since the appointment of the former Wimbledon defender the Sixfields based outfit have improved their form and now sit ten points outside the relegation trapdoor.

Luther Wildin of Stevenage bursts forwards past Shay McCartan of Lincoln City in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Lincoln City at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOLuther Wildin of Stevenage bursts forwards past Shay McCartan of Lincoln City in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Lincoln City at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Curle’s men have proved to be tough to beat on the own patch with only two defeats and eleven goals conceded in ten games.

Speaking to CometSport at the club’s training HQ Bragbury End this week Maamria recognised the Cobblers will be tough but hailed his own team.

He said: “What I know about them is that they have got a top 10 League One squad of players.

“Keith is very experienced at this level. He has organised them, galvanised them, they have turned the corner and they are winning games now. It is going to be a very difficult game.”

Stevenage boss Dino Maamria. Picture: DANNY LOOStevenage boss Dino Maamria. Picture: DANNY LOO

“I think the focus this week shifts onto us and about what we intend to do on Saturday. Yes we respect them, yes it is away from home but we do not worry about that, we worry about us this week.”

Boro will be aiming to kick-start their good away form shown earlier this term with the side’s overall record on the road reading five defeats, three wins and two draws, with the last away victory at Cheltenham in later October.

With matches coming thick and fast as the club enters the busy festive schedule good results are vital to remain on the coattails of the leading pack.

The good news is that Stevenage have players returning including Kurtis Guthrie and Danny Newton.

Maamria added: “It is going to be a busy period for us and we have got to keep those key players fit. If you compare us now to a couple of weeks ago, we have got two or three more bodies, so we are in a better position.”

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