John-Joe to make amends

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

JOHN-JOE O’Toole has vowed to re­pay Northamp­ton fans for their sup­port af­ter earn­ing a red card on his spe­cial day against Mans­field last week­end.

Cob­blers fans wore wigs and head­bands in hon­our of mid­fielder O’Toole for the 1-1 away draw – but he got him­self sent off 38 min­utes in for vi­o­lent con­duct af­ter lash­ing out at Stags de­fender Ritchie Sut­ton.

The 26-year-old joined the Cob­blers last sum­mer on a three-year con­tract and, de­spite a ropey start to his Northamp­ton ca­reer, has es­tab­lished him­self as a cult fig­ure. And O’Toole, who re­ceived a three-game ban, tweeted: “Mas­sive thanks for all the sup­port Satur­day, es­pe­cially those who wore wigs and head­bands, it is truly ap­pre­ci­ated!

“Un­for­tu­nately it just wasn’t meant to be. I pos­si­bly shouldn’t have re­acted the way I did once pro­voked. Big thanks and will try my hard­est to re­pay the sup­port.”

But ac­cord­ing to Cob­blers boss Chris Wilder, O’Toole was the vic­tim of an un­pro­voked attack. He said: “If some­body grabs me around the neck, I’m go­ing to try and push them off.”

EARLY BATH: O’Toole

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