O’Toole wants champions Cobblers to finish with a flourish

NO LETTING UP - John-Joe O'Toole is demanding the Cobblers keep their foot down until the end of the season
NO LETTING UP - John-Joe O'Toole is demanding the Cobblers keep their foot down until the end of the season

Midfielder John-Joe O’Toole insists there will be no let up from Cobblers who are determined to keep their foot down and finish the season with a flourish.

With promotion sewn up, the title in the bag and a gigantic 14-point lead over second place, Northampton could be forgiven for easing up over the final three games of the season.

The Cobblers go to Yeovil Town on Saturday and then play Luton in their last home game the following week before rounding off a memorable campaign with a trip to Portsmouth on the final day.

With 100 points and more club records in their sights, O’Toole says he and his team-mates will keep their foot down.

He said: “We’ve obviously been crowned champions but we want to finish the season like champions and get as many points as we can.

“We want to keep extending the lead. I’ve seen the other results and a few teams don’t seem to be dealing too well with this time of the season and keep dropping points.

“But we just want to extend the lead as much as we can and give the fans something to shout about and do the best we can.”

To reach 100 points, the Cobblers will need to win all three of their remaining games.

O’Toole added: “We’re confident we can reach 100 points with three games left.

“We’ll give it our all for the fans and we want get as much out of the season anyway and then go into next season with a lot of confidence.

“All the boys are confident we can get the nine points and with the fans behind us, I’m sure we’ll do it.”

O’Toole took his personal tally to 12 goals for the season on Tuesday evening when scoring Northampton’s second in a dominant 2-1 win over Crawley Town.

He added: “I just want to get as many goals as I can. It’d be nice to score in every one of the last three games but I was delighted with the goal on Tuesday because I hadn’t scored in a few games.

“I thought we played well and got in some real good areas. We lacked a little bit of cutting edge in the final third and we should have won it more comfortably but it’s that time of the season where maybe we tired a little bit towards the end.

“It was disappointing to end it so nervously but it’s three more points and we move on to the next one.”