It was all a bit of a whirlwind for Fleetwood Town’s new management team on their last visit to Northampton Town – their first game at the helm, writes ROSIE SWARBRICK.
Now head coach Uwe Rosler and assistant Rob Kelly prepare for their return to the visitors’ dugout at Sixfields just over a year on from their first game with a top four finish to show for their efforts last season.
Kelly only jetted into Poolfoot two days before that 1-1 draw in the blazing sunshine and he says preparation for this clash, like the weather, has been a little different this time.
He said: “It was all a bit of a swift turnaround!
“Uwe came in at the start of the week and I literally came in on the Thursday .
“We didn’t have too much time to prepare and I remember it was a really hot day.
“There was a real buzz about the club, they had a lot of momentum after just getting promoted but we put in a good performance and got a deserved point.”
Kelly went to watch Northampton’s final pre-season win over Newport at Sixfields on July 29.
Despite back-to-back 1-0 defeats at the start of the season to Shrewsbury Town and QPR in the Carabo Cup, Kelly expects Justin Edinburgh’s side to be challenging for a spot in the top six.
He said: “It will be a tough game.
“The management team have been there a few months now, they have got a pre-season under their belts and they are putting their own stamp on it.
“They have had a takeover from Chinese investors and now they will be looking upwards at the league and a top six challenge this term – so a tough game.”