DANNY CADAMARTERI will be happy to play second fiddle to Andy Booth tomorrow as Town aim to mark the strike legend’s final home game with a three-point haul.
The pair are set to link up against a in-form Brighton side who are desperate for victory as they battle to avoid relegation from League I.
Cadamarteri was the creator as Booth kick-started Town’s 3-2 fightback win at Walsall last week with the first of his two-goal haul.
Now ninth-placed Town go for a fourth win on the spin, and a sixth in seven games, and the frontman would be happy to see Booth take centre stage three days after announcing his decision to retire at the end of the season and take on a new role as club ambassador.
"Boothy’s a big presence for us, and he showed last week what a great player he is," said Cadamarteri, who remains optimistic of agreeing a new Town contract.
"His finishing, especially for the second goal, was first class, and it really knocked the stuffing out of them and laid the platform for us to boss the second half and claim what in the end was a deserved win.
"We started the game disappointingly, which was frustrating because we had talked about ensuring we took the initiative, but we showed good spirit to hit back after going two down.
"Now we want to keep the momentum going and ensure we get another win in front of our own fans.
"That’s the main thing, and we know it will be tough because Brighton have every incentive to come up here and get the win themselves, but it would be great if Boothy could get another goal, or preferably the two which would take to 150 for the club."
Boss Clark has called on the rest of the side to ensure Booth is given a fitting Galpharm send-off.
"He’s been a great player for the club and a great player for me, and for me, the fact that he’s playing his last home game simply adds another dimension to what was already a big match," he said.
"It’s very important that we pull out all the stops tomorrow.
"Not only do we have a duty to make it an occasion to remember for Boothy, but we also have an obligation to the other clubs fighting against relegation.Related content
"Our approach has to be spot-on, and I aim to make sure it is."
Michael Collins is in the frame for selection after his early replacement by Ian Craney down at Walsall because of discomfort following a finger operation.
"Michael sustained the injury during the Easter Monday game against Carlisle, and when the surgeon started to explore the damage, he realised it was more extensive than first thought.
"Michael was desperate to play against Walsall, and he certainly didn’t want to come off, but I could see the injury was affecting him.
"He’s improved dramatically this week, however, and has been involved in close-contract training without any problem."
Goalkeeper Matt Glennon, who is continuing his rehabilitation after knee surgery, and widemen Malvin Kamara (knee) and Anthony Pilkington (groin) are Town’s only injury victims.
Brighton head North chasing a fourth successive win and buoyed by the fact that they have won their last three on the road – against Hereford, Colchester and, on Tuesday, Bristol Rovers.
Experienced pair Gary Hart and Lloyd Owusu have been key men for Russell Slade’s side, who are two points better off than Carlisle, Crewe and Northampton, with all four clubs battling to avoid filling the third drop spot alongside Hereford, who are already down, and Cheltenham, who have only the slimmest chance of survival.