Defender McGivern bidding to make his league mark after edging closer to full fitness

After twice coming through 90 minutes unscathed in back-to-back cup competitions over the past 10 days, defender Ryan McGivern now has his sights set on forcing his way into Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s plans on a permanent basis.

Five of the last seven meetings between Northampton and Scunthorpe have ended in a draw

Morris remains a doubt as Iron boss Alexander targets repeat performance

Scunthorpe United manager Graham Alexander is expecting another tight game against the Cobblers this weekend when the two clubs reconvene for Saturday’s Sky Bet League One clash at Sixfields.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Third time’s a charm as Hasselbaink seeks swift ‘response’ from FA Cup setback

Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink wants to see a positive response form his side on the back of Tuesday’s cup defeat when they host familiar foes Scunthorpe United on Saturday.

FULLY FIT: Matt Crooks played his first 90 minutes since September in Tuesday's FA Cup defeat to Scunthorpe. Picture: Kirsty Edmonds

FEATURE: Determined Crooks back fit and now up for the fight in fierce battle for midfield places

It says a lot for the sheer strength of Northampton’s current midfield options that a player of Matt Crooks’ quality is not guaranteed a regular starting spot.

SO CLOSE! Billy Waters was inches from his first Cobblers goal against Oxford on Saturday, only denied by a last-ditch defender's touch. Pictures by Kirsty Edmonds

Hasselbaink to keep Waters on the right for the time being after his impressive Oxford showing

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says he sees Billy Waters ‘eventually as a striker’ but the Cobblers boss will continue using him in a wide role for the foreseeable future.

Chris Long has become Hasselbaink's first-choice option in the lone striker's role

Striker Long ‘can’t get enough’ of working with Hasselbaink

For a young striker still learning his craft like Chris Long, it must come in handy to have Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as your manager.

Ash Taylor's header sent the Cobblers through in the Checkatrade Trophy

Date change for Cobblers’ Checkatrade Trophy tie at Pompey

Northampton’s Checkatrade Trophy tie with Portsmouth at Fratton Park has been moved to Saturday, December 2.

Daniel Powell's hamstring injury is not as bad as first feared and he could return on Saturday. Picture by Kirsty Edmonds

Mixed injury news for Cobblers ahead of third Scunthorpe clash

Daniel Powell is one of several Cobblers players who could be back in contention for Saturday’s visit of Scunthorpe United, but doubts remain over the fitness of Sam Hoskins and Alex Revell.

Marc Richards ploughed a very lonely furrow for the first hour of Tuesday's game. Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds

Scunthorpe United 1 Northampton Town 0 – review, player ratings and match action

While the result itself should be no more than a brief blip, this 1-0 defeat to Scunthorpe United was a reminder of the challenges Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink still faces in his quest to find a consistent winning formula.

Adam Moussi gave Daventry Town the lead against Cogenhoe United

Long makes short work of denying Town three points

It’s just one United Counties League point from six for Daventry Town following Tuesday’s draw with Cogenhoe United.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink gets instructions to his players at Scunthorpe (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Hasselbaink laments ‘unacceptable’ first-half performance as Cobblers exit FA Cup

Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink had few complaints after his side paid the price for an ‘unacceptable’ first-half performance in their 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Scunthorpe United on Tuesday.

Yaser Kasim in action for the Cobblers at Scunthorpe on Tuesday night (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Much-changed Cobblers crash out of FA Cup as Scunthorpe progress

Cobblers will play no further part in this season’s FA Cup after their six-game unbeaten run came to a disappointing end with a timid 1-0 defeat at Scunthorpe United in Tuesday’s first round replay.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Dean Austin. Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds

O’Toole available for cup replay as boss Hasselbaink plans strong Cobblers team

The Cobblers are to field a strong line-up for their FA Cup first round replay at Scunthorpe United on Tuesday with manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink eager to stretch their unbeaten run to seven games.

Pep Clotet's team have lost their last four games. Picture: Kirsty Edmonds

Opposition view: Boss Clotet believes Oxford ‘deserved more’ from Cobblers defeat

Oxford United manager Pep Clotet felt the final scoreline ‘did not match the game’ after his side’s 2-1 home defeat to the Cobblers on Saturday.

BACK AHEAD: Chris Long leaves Oxford defender Aaron Martin for dead before restoring Town's lead on Saturday. Pictures by Kirsty Edmonds

Thrilled Long can’t hide his delight after getting back on the goal trail

Chris Long’s beaming smile told you all you needed to know about how the previous 90 minutes had just unfolded, for both himself personally and also the Cobblers in general.

Cobblers celebrate Ash Taylor's opener. Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds

Hasselbaink wants Oxford performance to become the benchmark for Cobblers

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink wants Saturday’s performance at Oxford United to become the norm for his side this season as they seek to pull further clear of the bottom four.

HAPPY ASH: Taylor wheels away in delight after opening the scoring on Saturday. Pictures by Kirsty Edmonds

Oxford United 1 Northampton Town 2 – match review, player ratings and highlights

For all of the talk of their recent improvement, there was still a lingering sense that the Cobblers needed to produce a properly convincing, complete performance to confirm they’re on the right track. At Oxford United on Saturday, they did exactly that.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Hasselbaink says discipline crucial as Cobblers head for Oxford

Boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says the Cobblers are going to have to be disciplined in their shape to ensure they stand up to Oxford United’s patient passing game.

The Cobblers players and then manager Rob Page enjoy their 1-0 Boxing Day win at Oxford United last season

Oxford boss Clotet relishing his first meeting with rivals Cobblers

Oxford United boss Pep Clotet is tipping an ‘effective’ Cobblers team to clamber well clear of the relegation zone this season - but is looking forward to experiencing the ‘history’ and extra edge between the clubs when they meet up on Saturday.

Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and assistant Dean Austin

Hasselbaink warns in-form Cobblers against over-confidence ahead of Oxford trip

Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has warned his players against being over confident as they travel to an out-of-form Oxford United on Saturday.

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