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View from the press box: The alternative Northampton Town awards for the 2017/18 season

Cobblers brought the curtain down on their 2017/18 Sky Bet League One campaign with a 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic on Saturday, confirming their relegation to League Two having finished 22nd.

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Next Cobblers boss new poll: do you still want the same man or has your mind changed?

Next Cobblers boss new poll: do you still want the same man or has your mind changed?

Last month, we ran a poll asking Cobblers fans who they want as next manager and Graham Alexander was the comfortable winner with 27% of the vote, well clear of next favourite Kevin Wilkin.

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Will Dean Austin be the man to lead Town's quest for promotion next season?

Angry Austin rues ‘avoidable’ relegation but says Cobblers will ‘come back stronger’

When Dean Austin reflected on Northampton’s disappointing season after their relegation from League One had been confirmed courtesy of Saturday’s 2-2 home draw with Oldham athletic, his overriding emotions were frustration, regret and, above all, anger.

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Morgan Roberts replaced fellow academy graduate Shaun McWilliams in stoppage-time of Saturday's final game of the season against Oldham. Picture: Kirsty Edmonds

Austin excited by academy duo’s potential after handing teenager Roberts his Cobblers debut

Dean Austin has hailed the ‘serious quality’ of academy player Morgan Roberts after the teenager was handed his senior Cobblers debut against Oldham Athletic at the weekend.

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Richard O'Donnell

Cobblers ‘keeper O’Donnell discusses his long-term future at Sixfields

Goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell is one of a number of players that the Cobblers will be keen to keep hold of ahead of their return to Sky Bet League Two next season.

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Dean Austin finished with a record of two wins, two defeats and one draw from his five games in temporary charge

Austin would accept full-time Cobblers job if Thomas talks go to plan after ‘enjoyable’ caretaker stint

Cobblers caretaker boss Dean Austin has revealed he will accept the full-time manager’s job if it’s offered to him, but only providing both he and chairman Kelvin Thomas share the same vision for the club when they sit down for talks this week.

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SEVEN FOR THE SEASON: Centre-back Ash Taylor finished the campaign as Northampton's second top goalscorer. Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds

Northampton Town 2 Oldham Athletic 2 – match review, player ratings and highlights

Two relegations in one, the subdued atmosphere and glum faces all around Sixfields at the full-time whistle of Saturday’s season finale was a rather fitting way for this mostly underwhelming campaign to conclude.

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GOAL JOY - Ash Taylor celebrates with caretaker boss Dean Austin after firing the Cobblers into a 2-1 lead against Oldham at Sixfields (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Double dose of relegation woe as Sixfields stalemate sends Cobblers and Oldham down

The Cobblers had their relegation to Sky Bet League Two confirmed on Saturday when held to a 2-2 draw by Oldham Athletic on the final day of the season at Sixfields.

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Dean Austin is the current favourite for the full-time job

Austin ‘has always wanted to stay’ but says he will ‘do what’s best for the club’

Dean Austin has vowed to do ‘what’s best for the club’ when he holds talks about his future with Cobblers chairman Kelvin Thomas at the end of the season.

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David Buchanan and Dean Austin embrace

Buchanan wants ‘great bloke’ Austin to be given the top job at Sixfields

David Buchanan says he would be ‘happy’ for Dean Austin to get the Cobblers job on a full-time basis after hailing the current caretaker manager as ‘a great bloke and a great coach’.

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Leon Barnett heads away during Town's recent win over Bury

Barnett frustrated by Walsall defeat and admits Cobblers ‘haven’t been good enough’

Defender Leon Barnett has accepted that the Cobblers have fallen well short of expectations this season and they can have no complaints over their impending relegation to Sky Bet League Two.

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Dean Austin on the touchline during Saturday's defeat at Walsall. Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds

Austin ‘has no regrets’ and calls on Cobblers to ‘reflect and regroup’ as relegation beckons

With his team heading to League Two barring a final day miracle, Dean Austin has called on the Cobblers to ‘reflect and regroup’ to ensure the club doesn’t find itself in the same situation when they return to the third tier in the future.

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CRUSHING: It was a devastating way for the Cobblers to effectively be relegated, beaten by a last-minute winner against Walsall. Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds

Walsall 1 Northampton Town 0 – match review, player ratings and highlights

Confirmation of Northampton’s now certain relegation from League One came in the most cruel, brutal fashion but, if truth be told, Saturday’s last-gasp defeat to Walsall was just the culmination of a desperately disappointing campaign that always pointed towards this depressing outcome.

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GAMBLE: Dean Austin brought on two strikers for two midfielders with 12 minutes left, but it backfired. Picture by Kirsty Edmonds

Austin felt Cobblers ‘had to win the game’ as he defends his substitutions in Walsall defeat

Cobblers caretaker manager Dean Austin has defended his substitutions during the closing stages of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Walsall, insisting that he felt he had to take a gamble and go for the win.

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NO EXCUSES: Dean Austin has warned his players not to drop their standards

Boss Austin: Desire and application are ‘prerequisites’ for every footballer

Cobblers boss Dean Austin will not tolerate any slacking off from his players now they have set the standard after Saturday’s 2-0 win over Plymouth, stating that ‘application, attitude and desire’ should all be ‘prerequisites’ for any professional footballer.

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BLOCKED: Centre-backs Leon Barnett and Ash Taylor led Cobblers to a clean sheet on Saturday, just their sixth in the league this season. Pictures: Sharon Lucey

Attack is the best form of defence for Austin after Cobblers keep a rare clean sheet

Amid all the excitement of Northampton’s superb attacking performance and subsequent 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, it almost slipped under the radar that, at the other end, goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell kept just his second clean sheet since signing for the club.

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Daniel Powell set up both of Town's two goals against Plymouth

Cobblers playing with new-found ‘belief’ as Powell hails their ‘best performance of the season’

Winger Daniel Powell believes the Cobblers are playing with new-found ‘faith and belief’ since the appointment of Dean Austin, something which was reflected in their ‘best performance of the season’ against Plymouth on Saturday.

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ON THE PROWL: From being dead and buried not so long ago, Northampton are now just two points from safety. Pictures: Sharon Lucey

Austin says Cobblers ‘are going hunting’ as ‘magnificent’ Plymouth win resurrects survival bid

“We’re going hunting,” was the message from Dean Austin to Northampton’s relegation rivals after his side pulled to within two points of League One safety courtesy of Saturday’s ‘magnificent’ 2-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle.

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HAPPY BUNCH: Sixfields was full of smiles, on and off the pitch, during Northampton's impressive 2-0 win over Plymouth on Saturday. Pictures: Sharon Lucey

Northampton Town 2 Plymouth Argyle 0 – match review, player ratings and highlights

Trying to make sense of Northampton’s curious season has been difficult at the best of times but the twist it took on Saturday, when Plymouth Argyle were not the only ones left stunned by their highly accomplished performance and richly deserved victory, was by far the most unexpected yet.

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RARE DEFEAT: Saturday's 2-0 loss to Northampton was just Plymouth's second defeat in 12 games

Opposition view: Pilgrims boss Adams has no complaints in defeat after Cobblers ‘bully’ Plymouth

Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams had no complaints over Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to the Cobblers at Sixfields, accepting that his promotion-chasing side had been outplayed ‘all over the pitch’ and were ‘bullied’ by the relegation-battlers.

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