Northampton must appoint the right manager
Things are looking worrying to even the most optimistic of Northampton fans; the Cobblers have won four games all season, are bottom of the Football League and they now face an exceedingly tough run of matches with no permanent manager in place. Saturday’s 4-1 humiliation at the hands of Wycombe saw the end of Aidy Boothroyd’s tenure. Early odds suggest that Martin Allen is the clear favourite but names such as Gary Megson, Steve Kean and Alan Curbishley (who, in fairness, is linked to every job) have also been mooted. Whoever is appointed will have quite a job on their hands to pull Northampton away from the relegation zone.
Cheltenham could make a push for the Play-Offs
Following an extremely disappointing start to the season, Cheltenham Town have turned things around over the last couple of months and now find themselves 11th in the league table. An impressive 2-0 away win over Fleetwood, thanks to goals in the 1st and 90th minute, saw the Robins extend their unbeaten run to ten games, which includes two wins over Morecambe. Mark Yates has got Cheltenham back to where they want to be and, should their recent form continue, there is no reason why they cannot make a push for the Play-Offs.
Every point counts at both ends of the table
Things are coming into place very nicely in League 2 at the minute, in terms of entertainment. There are very few points separating teams at both ends of the table; 10 points between 1st and 12th and, even more excitingly, there’s only 9 points between 13th and 24th. The top three appears to change on a weekly basis and there is very little to choose between the likes of Chesterfield, Oxford, Fleetwood, Scunthorpe and Burton, amongst others. At the bottom, there are four points separating 17th placed Accrington and Bury, who are 23rd, and very few people would have expected Portsmouth to be 20th at Christmas. The League is more competitive than it has been in years and every point counts.