Rodgers to keep Cobblers place

Rodgers: Doing well

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Northampton manager Ian Sampson has backed defender Paul Rodgers to keep his place in the Cobblers side.

Rodgers has struggled to cement his place in the side since joining from Arsenal two years ago but was impressive after filling in last weekend.

Sampson said: "Paul Rodgers did okay against Barnet on Saturday.

"Paul has played in various different positions for us this season but I think his preferred position is right-back and if he maintains the level of performance that he put in on Saturday then I've got no qualms about playing him.

"When you strengthen the squad you soon find out who the strong characters are and who is determined to fight and scrap to get in the team and to stay in the team."