Preview: Northampton vs Saints B

By SFC Media time Mon 05 Oct Northampton Town vs Saints
Photo by Isabelle Field | Callum Slattery

It’s a return to EFL Trophy action for Southampton’s B team on Tuesday night, visiting League One side Northampton Town for their second outing in the competition.

THE MATCH

Northampton Town vs Saints
The PTS Academy Stadium
EFL Trophy
Tuesday 6th October, 7.30pm GMT

Dave Horseman’s side proved more than a match for Stevenage in their first EFL Trophy game last month, losing out eventually to a last-minute winner for the League Two side.

Saints took the lead after 37 minutes; Callum Slattery firing in a free-kick from the edge of the penalty area, before the hosts equalised on the stroke of half-time through Marcus Dinanga.

The winner came in the 92nd minute, Tyrone Marsh sliding in at the back post to deny Saints a deserved point.

Northampton also suffered defeat in their opening EFL fixture, MK Dons running out 3-1 winners over Keith Curle’s side.

Since then the Cobblers have had a mixed bag of results in the league, most recently losing away to Bristol Rovers 2-0 on Saturday.

STEVENAGE, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Kgaogelo Chauke of Southampton during the EFL Trophy match between Stevenage FC and Southampton FC B Team  at the Lamex Stadium on September 22, 2020 in Stevenage, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Kegs Chauke in action against Stevenage during the last EFL match day.

LAST MEETING

The two sides met as recently as November 2017, also in the EFL Trophy and with Northampton hosting the affair in front of a crowd of 1,118 at Sixfields Stadium.

Saints went three ahead through goals from Tyreke Johnson and a double from Jake Hesketh under the guidance of Radhi Jaïdi.

But the Cobblers staged a dramatic comeback during the final 18 minutes; Sam Foley, Lewis McGugan and Ash Taylor levelling the scores.

In line with EFL Trophy regulations, the game went down to a penalty shootout, which Northampton eventually won 4-2 and so were awarded a bonus point.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Southampton await the result from penalty shoot out during the match at Sixfields Stadium for the Checkatrade Trophy match between Southampton FC and Northampton Town on November 7, 2017 in Northampton, England. (Photo by James Bridle - Southampton FC/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Saints players in action against Northampton in 2017 (Photo by James Bridle)

MANAGER’S NOTES

Following the defeat to Tottenham last-time-out, Horseman has said his side's form hasn't got the results it warrants.

“Our performances haven’t bought the results they deserve but we must continue to play with the intensity and identity for the players to show they are capable of stepping up to the first team when required.

“It will be a really tough match,” said Horseman on Tuesday night's game. “Against a really good well organised League One team.

“We are missing a few players away on International Duty but that will give other the chance to impress."

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