Bury manager David Flitcroft took pre-match mind games to a new level against the Cobblers by speaking about Nathan Cameron’s suspension in his pre-match interview and then selecting the ex-Town defender in his line-up.
Flitcroft openly discussed the fact the centre-back had 10 bookings - and would miss two games - in his weekly press conference and even wrote about it in his programme notes.
But Cameron played the full 90 minutes of the 2-1 victory and the Bury boss revealed afterwards it was part of a his strategy for the game to surprise his opposite number Chris Wilder.
“It was a talking point - there was mistaken identity on one of his earlier bookings and we got clearance from the FA to make sure it wasn’t 10,” he said.
“I think it was a surprise to Chrissy Wilder when the teamsheets went in and I wanted to keep it under wraps because we’d put it out there and made a bit of a play of it.
“The FA cleared it and Cam played and I was delighted because he showed what a leader he was in the game.”
Flitcroft was vociferous in his celebrations of both his side’s equaliser and their late winner and rightly so as Bury are now only a point off automatic promotion as a result.
But he was also stern in his criticism of the Gigg Lane supporters who booed his team off when they were 1-0 down at the half-time interval.
“We got booed off at half-time and I think that’s a joke myself,” he said. “The players need supporting and there was a lot of moaning around.
“There is a hell of a lot of work to be done at this football club and it’s quite incredible to hear that because there is a bigger picture.
It was a talking point - there was mistaken identity on one of Nathan’s earlier bookings and we got clearance from the FA to make sure it wasn’t 10Bury manager David Flitcroft
“If people want to moan, just stay at home and moan. I don’t believe you pay your money to moan, you pay it to support.
“To be booed off at half-time when we’ve won six games out of seven is a shambles.”