Johnson wants Northampton Town fans to replicate Vale Park atmosphere

LOUD AND PROUD - the Port Vale fans enjoy their promotion last weekend, following the 2-2 draw with the Cobblers at Vale Park (Picture: Kelly Cooper)
LOUD AND PROUD - the Port Vale fans enjoy their promotion last weekend, following the 2-2 draw with the Cobblers at Vale Park (Picture: Kelly Cooper)
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John Johnson has urged the Cobblers supporters to use the atmosphere created by the Port Vale fans on Saturday to inspire them to create a Sixfields wall of sound in the next two games.

A crowd of more than 12,000 watched the 2-2 draw at Vale Park a week ago, and although considerably less will witness the final game of the season, against Barnet on Saturday, the ground will be close to capacity.

John Johnson

John Johnson

More than 7,000 people are expected to be at Sixfields for the Barnet game with around the same amount due in for the first leg of the play-off semi-finals, either on Thursday or Sunday.

And defender Johnson wants to hear the fans in good voice for both of the team’s remaining home games.

“We’re all very much looking forward to the play-offs but we all know how big the job in hand is,” he said.

“A lot of the lads have been talking about how great it is to play at Wembley but we’ve got two tough games to get through before we can even think about that.

“Port Vale was a great atmosphere and those are the kind of games that all players want to play in.

“Experiencing a loud crowd like that is a bit of a taster for us for what we want in the next couple of games at Sixfields and it definitely does help.”

Johnson was not in the Town team that was well beaten at Barnet in October, with injury preventing him from travelling to Underhill.

But he is aware of the pain the 4-0 loss inflicted on the side and wants to form part of the revenge mission against the Bees this weekend.

“We’ll treat it like every other game,” he said.

“We always go out with the same mentality, and that’s to win.

“We very much owe Barnet one. We had a bad night down there earlier in the season and that will be on our minds.

“Edgar Davids had a brilliant career as a player and he’s done a good job for them as a manager but we just need to focus on what we’re doing.”