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New full-backs proving key to Hasselbaink’s resurgent Cobblers

After all the clamour for Northampton to sign wingers and strikers in the January transfer window, there’s another position which has also been key to manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s revolution and that was no better demonstrated than during Saturday’s 2-1 win over MK Dons.

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Northampton Town 2 MK Dons 1 – match review, player ratings and highlights

The fact that Northampton made painfully hard work of this win, surviving a deluge of late pressure in a nerve-jangling finale, should not detract from what was, in the end, a deserved victory and another significant step in the right direction.

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FINAL STRAW: MK Dons' defeat at Sixfields on Saturday saw the end of Robbie Neilson. Pictures: Sharon Lucey

Opposition view: Neilson sacked after Dons go down to defeat at Sixfields

MK Dons manager Robbie Neilson has been sacked after his side’s 2-1 defeat to the Cobblers on Saturday.

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'The pinnacle of my career' - skipper Marc Richards lifted the Sky Bet League Two title in 2016

FEATURE: ‘I gave it everything’ - Q&A with former Cobblers skipper Marc Richards

This week marked the end of an era at Sixfields as striker Marc Richards left the club by mutual consent.

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Bradford City 1 Northampton Town 2 – match review, player ratings and highlights

There was one question that kept coming to mind while watching this game unfold as the Cobblers picked up their most unexpected yet also most impressive three points of the season so far: where has this team been hiding for the past six months?

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Cobblers have signed Gboly Ariyibi on loan from Nottingham Forest

It’s seven-up for the Cobblers as they sign Nottingham Forest winger Gboly Ariyibi on loan

The Cobblers have further boosted their attacking options with the signing of Nottingham Forest winger Gboly Ariyibi on loan for the rest of the season.

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Matt Crooks believes things are looking up at Sixfields

Midfielder Crooks urges Cobblers to maintain Sixfields ‘feelgood factor’

Matt Crooks believes the Cobblers have to take advantage of the ‘feelgood factor’ around Sixfields in Saturday’s crunch relegation clash against Milton Keynes Dons (ko 3pm).

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Former Cobblers skipper Marc Richards

Ex-skipper Richards backing Hasselbaink and Cobblers to climb away from danger

Former skipper Marc Richards believes Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is the right man to lead the Cobblers away from Sky Bet League One relegation danger this season.

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Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Hasselbaink warns confident Cobblers against complacency as MK Dons come to town

Two wins on the spin, six new players signed with more to come, and a real feeling of optimism at Sixfields... but boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is warning the Cobblers against any sort of complacency ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash with Milton Keynes Dons (ko 3pm).

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Cobblers midfielder Matt Crooks

Midfielder Crooks still determined to ‘hit the heights’ in a Cobblers shirt

Midfielder Matt Crooks says the Cobblers fans have yet to see the best of him.

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Marc Richards

Hasselbaink believes Richards could one day return to Sixfields in coaching role

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says he believes there is a chance that former skipper Marc Richards could one day return to the Cobblers in a coaching capacity.

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Cyrille Regis

Cobblers boss Hasselbaink says Cyrille Regis was a ‘legend’ and ‘a gentleman’

Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has joined the long list of people paying tribute to footballing great Cyrille Regis, who passed away at the age of just 59 at the weekend.

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AIMING HIGH - new Cobblers signing Joel Bunney (Picture: Pete Norton)

Bunney hoping his ‘big decision’ to join ambitious Cobblers will pay dividends

Joe Bunney admits it was ‘a big decision’ for him to quit Rochdale and head south to sign for the Cobblers.

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Ash Taylor has started every one of Northampton's 35 games this season

FEATURE: Ever-present Taylor aiming to play every minute of every game for the Cobblers

One of the major factors behind Ash Taylor’s decision to move south of the border and swap Aberdeen for Northampton in the summer was the lure of regular playing time in England’s third tier. On that front at least, things could literally have gone no better.

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COME IN NUMBER SIX - Joe Bunney has become the Cobblers' sixth new signing of the January transfer window (Picture: Pete Norton)

Boss Hasselbaink delighted as Cobblers land ‘outstanding’ left-back Joe Bunney

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has declared himself ‘delighted’ after signing ‘outstanding’ left-back Joe Bunney from Sky Bet League One rivals Rochdale.

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Joe Bunney has signed for the Cobblers from Sky Bet League One rivals Rochdale

BREAKING: Cobblers make sixth signing as they land Rochdale left-back Joe Bunney for undisclosed fee

The Cobblers have sealed their sixth new signing of the January transfer window with the capture of Rochdale defender Joe Bunney for an undisclosed fee.

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David Buchanan and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Cobblers boss Hasselbaink confirms contract extension for defender Buchanan

Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has confirmed that defender Dave Buchanan has triggered a clause in his Sixfields contract that sees him tied to the club until the summer of 2019.

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Marc Richards has left the Cobblers and joined league two outfit Swindon Town

Ex-Cobblers skipper Richards targeting promotion as he joins Swindon Town

Marc Richards has revealed he made the decision to leave the Cobblers as he ‘wasn’t happy sitting on the bench’ at Sixfields - and he is now aiming to fire the goals to help new club Swindon Town to promotion from league two this season.

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Hildeberto Pereira was Town's first of five signings so far in January and more are set to come. Picture: Kirsty Edmonds

Cobblers ‘still trying’ to sign players as Hasselbaink seeks consistency

Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has stressed to his players the importance of ‘doing the simple things right’ in their quest to find consistency over the remainder of the season following Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Bradford City.

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Marc Richards has left the Cobblers

SPORTS COMMENT: Thanks to Rico for the goals, the leadership and the good times

Over the many years I have been watching the Cobblers, whether it be from the terraces or the press box, I have seen plenty of footballers join the club as players and go on to leave it as legends.

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