PORT VALE ........2
DAVID CASSIDY – PORT VALE
GET IN! Well done boys. You have done us proud. I know it’s not official but with a goal difference like ours, nobody is catching us now. The Vale are up!
This wasn’t about coaching, tactics or formations. It was about desire, heart and courage. Micky Adams and the lads had those things in abundance out there, just as they have all season.
Before the game I felt sick with nerves and excitement and the atmosphere at kick-off was unbelievable. I just hoped that the players could keep calm heads and not get overwhelmed by the occasion.
Going behind twice had the nerves jangling and I really thought we were going to blow it with ten minutes left. But then up popped our old mate Lee Collins with an own goal – he’ll always be a legend at Vale Park now!
Well played Lee lad, and well done the boys. Here’s hoping we don’t get beat 29-0 next week!
ASHLEY LAMBELL – NORTHAMPTON
THIS was an excellent point for Town that seals our play-off place but it could have been so much more.
A cruel own goal in the dying stages robbed us of all three points on a day where we stood up to Port Vale in their biggest game for 20 years. The performance was superb, as was Roy O'Donovan's strike, and if we can take some momentum from this result then we could be looking at a date at Wembley in May.
Aidy Boothroyd has done an amazing job in turning the team from relegation candidates to play-off participants but we must now go on and finish the job.
We came to spoil the party and Clarke Carlisle put us ahead in just the third minute which flattened the atmosphere a bit and was exactly what we needed.
It was a shame it was an own goal from Lee Collins - a former Vale player - that cost us a great win but we can still be confident for the next few weeks.
START THE PARTY: Port Vale fans celebrate on the pitch at the final whistle