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18 November 2021

Match Previews


18 November 2021

Derek Adams is happy to be making a return to the Utilita Energy Stadium - after three-consecutive away trips - ahead of Saturday's visit of Northampton Town.

Trips to Sunderland in the Papa John's Trophy, Port Vale in Sky Bet League Two and Exeter City in the Emirates FA Cup have all passed since City last played in West Yorkshire, and Adams is eagerly awaiting a home return.

The Scotsman is looking forward to a match in front of a home crowd, with over 14,000 already expected against the high-flying Cobblers.

He said: “We are delighted to be at home. It will be nice to be back at Valley Parade.

“We are at home, so will have to take the game to Northampton.

“We have been away to some difficult venues - like Sunderland, Port Vale and Exeter - and now we have a big game at home.

“Having the home game against the team sitting fourth is great, and we are looking forward to having all our supporters there.”

Adams highlighted Northampton’s successes in the transfer window as a reason for their impressive return to the division, having been relegated from Sky Bet League One last season. 

The Cobblers are the fourth and final team City will face from the divisions top four in this seven-game period, and Adams is confident his side can pick up three points as his squad edges closer to full strength.

He added: “They have done really well in the summer. They have added to their squad successfully.

“With players returning to the squad, it only makes us stronger, and we can take confidence from our record against sides at the top end of the division.

“Having players like Abo Eisa back is important. He is a good player who can score goals, and it is important we bleed him and others back into the squad.”

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