Northampton Town manager Rob Page has confirmed he will need to make at least one change in his line-up in the EFL Cup third round tie against Manchester United. Winger Paul Anderson is cup-tied, having already played for Bradford City in the competition before joining the Cobblers on transfer deadline day. Meanwhile, the boss has urged his players to move on from the disappointment of their 3-1 defeat to Chesterfield at the weekend in order to be back to their best against the Red Devils.
The Cobblers enjoyed a good start to the life in the Ligue One after they won the League Two title last season. Page's side got five draws in their first five league games before securing two consecutive victories against MK Dons and Walsall.
However, they failed to continue the good run in the weekend 3-1 defeat to Chesterfield, ending a 31-game unbeaten run in the league, stretching back to December 19 2015. Page has been sticking with an unchanged line-up in recent games, made up of Adam Smith Brendan Moloney, David Buchanan, Zander Diamond, Lewin Nyatanga, Paul Anderson, Jak McCourt, Matt Taylor, Kenji Gorre, Harry Beautyman and Alex Revell.
But the manager will need to change at least one player when United visit Sixfields Stadium on Wednesday as summer signing Anderson, who scored the only Cobblers' goal against Chesterfield, will miss the game.
"Paul is cup-tied so we will have to make one change there but it's a great opportunity for whoever comes in," Page confirmed to the club website. "We were disappointed with our performance on Saturday and we know there is room for improvement."
Yet, the League One side already beat West Brom in the previous round of the EFL Cup earlier in August without the winger as he didn't join Northampton from Bradford City until deadline day. In that game John-Joe O'Toole made the line-up instead, with Revell and Diamond scoring the goals to force extra-time before winning the tie on penalties.
Page believes Northampton are ready to do the same with Manchester United on Wednesday night, hoping to inflict on Jose Mourinho's side their four consecutive defeat.
"We've worked hard on the training ground and we want to get back to the levels we were at before the Chesterfield game. Hopefully we will do that on Wednesday night and we are going to go out and give it our best. We've earned the right to be here and we are going to approach it positively and do our best to get a result."