Northampton Town: John-Joe O'Toole hopes to 'salvage' season

John-Joe O'Toole
O'Toole scored for Bristol Rovers after just five games last season

John-Joe O'Toole hopes to revive his season after opening his goal-scoring account for Northampton Town.

The 26-year-old midfielder netted in Saturday's 2-0 win against Exeter, his first goal in 24 appearances since joining the Cobblers from Bristol Rovers in June.

It was O'Toole's fourth match for Northampton since returning from a loan spell at League Two rivals Southend.

"Hopefully I can salvage something out of this year," O'Toole said.

"I've done all right since I've been back and maybe a change of scenery set it off.

"The manager seems to be all right with me at the minute and we'll see what happens.

O'Toole back in favour
John-Joe O'Toole has started the last three matches for Northampton Town, having come off the bench against Bury on 26 December on his return from a loan spell at Southend United.

"The fans haven't seen the best of me yet so hopefully I can show them a bit more now. It was good today but I've definitely got more in me."

O'Toole's goal against the Grecians helped Northampton end a six-match winless run and moved them from 20th to 16th in table.

"The goal felt really good as it's been a while now," O'Toole told BBC Radio Northampton.

"Sometimes it felt like it was never going to come, but it's not been for lack of trying."

Cobblers manager Chris Wilder, who has previously been critical of O'Toole, says the midfielder is beginning to show why the club worked so hard to bring him to Sixfields.

"I still think there's more to come," Wilder said. "We'll get a him a little bit fitter and getting around the park more, but he's taken his goal well and you can see he links the play up.

"He knows he has to play well and work hard, and if he does the business and all the stuff we tell him to, he'll kick on from this."

Meanwhile, Wilder says they are not looking to make signings to cover Kaid Mohamed's injury.

"We've got Chris Hackett and Ricky Holmes who can play either side, and Lawson D'Ath as well," he said.

"I know Ricky is enjoying his football here and he's a popular boy. He's been involved in two good performances so we'd like to keep him for as long as possible."