Date: 15th September 2006 at 1:43pm
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Tranmere travel to the Sixfields Stadium tomorrow to face newly promoted Northampton Town, looking to bounce back after Tuesday nights defeat at Rotherham.

Rovers can take comfort from the Cobblers’ sketchy home form which has yet to see them win at the Sixfields and has included defeats to Forest & Brizzle.

Sixfields is of course the new home of Geordie winger Sam Aiston. Unfortunately he was injured in Northampton’s 1-1 midweek draw against Yeovil, so he won’t be facing his old side just yet.
Town didn’t waste any time in replacing him though. They signed Southend winger Mitchell Cole on loan in the week. The former Grays Athletic man will definitely be a real danger for Rovers.

Vital Quotes:

Assistant Manager John Breckin reckons Rovers will bounce back. Speaking to the Official Site he said, “good teams don`t lose twice on the bounce”.

Northampton boss John Gorman is wary of Tranmere`s threat, “They are a very good side at home, I saw them versus Bristol City and there`s no doubt they are a good side, big Gareth Taylor will always be a handful upfront”
he said, speaking to the Northampton Official site.

Northampton Town Team News:

Northampton`s new signing Mitchell Cole should go straight into the starting eleven after arriving from Southend on a month`s loan. Midfielder Joe Burnell was injured in the week along with Aiston and is set to miss out.

Player to watch: Mitchell Cole

The Southend loanee will be eager to impress at his new club. Quick and very skilful, Tranmere’s defenders will have to be very wary of him. Also watch out for forwards Scott McGleish and Andy Kirk who are proven goalscorers in the Football League.

Tranmere Rovers Team News:

Ronnie Moore is again unable to select Danny Harrison and Jason Mcateer through injury as they continue to recover from a damaged foot ligament and a knee operation, respectively. Top striker Chris Greenacre is also a doubt after receiving a knock against Rotherham on Tuesday, which may pave the way for Calvin Zola to partner Gareth Taylor upfront.

Player to watch: Calvin Zola

Perhaps Calvin can finally put in a great performance if Greenacre fails to recover from his knock.
Calvin does have talent, and he’s a handful for any defence, but he needs to put in a real display for the first team in the league to dispel any fans’ worrys of him being not good enough for the team. He’s done well in the reserves, and scored an overhead kick against Preston’s second string in midweek, but for a number of reasons has yet to maintain much consistency. He’ll be eager to impress.

Match Facts & Stats

Rovers last faced the Cobblers in the 2002/2003 season when Tranmere won both games with comfortable 4-0 scorelines. More of the same please!

Match Prediction:

Northampton Town 1-1 Tranmere Rovers.

Next Fixtures:

Coca-Cola League One
VS Nottingham Forest
23rd September
Prenton Park