Can Cobblers stay mean in 2010?

Last updated : 30 December 2009 By County Ground

Boss Ian Sampson, speaking earlier in the month, eyed an unbeaten Christmas and a more solid look to the Cobblers rearguard and has been rewarded on both fronts with a 1-0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge on Boxing Day then a scoreless draw at Barnet.

Skipper Craig Hinton told BBC Radio Northampton this week: "The two clean sheets we've had is definitely a massive improvement.

"We've worked very hard in training on staying solid.

"And we're always going to create chances at the other end, with the players we've got."

Town were 2-0 winners over Bournemouth at Sixfields in August and have also defeated the Cherries in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy this season.