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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink on facing the U's

10 November 2017

Northampton boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is having a positive impact at Sixfields.

The Cobblers - unbeaten in five- are improving fast under the former Chelsea striker but he warned his players this week not to get too carried away too quickly

“Confidence is building which is good but to be over-confident is a dangerous thing,” he told ntfc.co.uk. “The win at Gillingham will help the belief of the players but Saturday is a new match and we have to be ready for whatever comes at us.

“We need to keep doing the good things that we have been doing as well as learning from the mistakes.”

Northampton beat Southampton Under 21s on a penalty shoot-out in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday.

The Cobblers are hopeful that Sam Hoskins will be fit for Saturday's game but Alex Revell has been ruled out after picking up a groin strain in training.

“Sam picked up a knock against Scunthorpe and is touch and go but he is improving,” said  Hasselbaink.

“We don’t know how long Alex will be out for at this stage but he won’t be available for the weekend.John-Joe O’Toole came off last Saturday with an ankle problem but he’s trained in the last couple of days and should be okay.

“Aaron Phillips and Leon Barnett are both getting closer and Leon could be back for the game at Scunthorpe on Tuesday. Matt Crooks got 60 minutes on Tuesday night and Brendan Moloney the full 90 and it was very important for us to get both those players back.

“Lewis McGugan is getting fitter but we need to keep pushing him. We want to get him to a level where he can play three games in a week and he has still got a bit of a way to go.”


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