SILENT AS­SAS­SIN STUNS COB­BLERS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jef­fer­son Lake

YOU’D strug­gle to no­tice Jor­dan Chapell around the Torquay United train­ing ground but at Northamp­ton yes­ter­day the winger cer­tainly stood out from the crowd.

It looked like be­ing an­other one of those days for the Gulls, who be­fore this were still in search of their first win of the sea­son – a wait that looked like be­ing ex­tended when on-loan Le­ices­ter striker Ja­cob Blyth gave the home side the lead.

Chapell too, was hav­ing an af­ter­noon to for­get, hav­ing been switched from the right wing to the left to al­most no avail dur­ing a first half that ended with the Cob­blers 1-0 up and firmly in the box seat.

But a tac­ti­cal tweak by Torquay boss Alan Knill paved the way for the unas­sum­ing and quiet Chapell to raise the vis­i­tors’ vol­ume.

His team were dom­i­nant for a good 20 min­utes be­fore he scored their equaliser, a slick fin­ish from Karl Haw­ley's pin­point-ac­cu­rate pass and main­tained their as­cen­dancy un­til he grabbed the win­ner, a speared shot with the out­side of his boot that was enough to take all three points and de­light his man­ager.

“Jor­dan (Chapell) has got three for the sea­son now; we've set him tar­gets and he’s right on track with all of them,” said Knill.

“As with all wide play­ers, the thing that makes them dif­fer­ent is their abil­ity to put the ball in the back of the net. Both of his goals were great fin­ishes.

“I’m re­ally pleased for him. He’s one of those play­ers you don't no­tice is around some­times.

“He’s so low-main­te­nance, he just comes in, does his work and then comes in the next day and does it all over again.

“I’m pleased he’s get­ting his re­wards and those re­wards come from hard work on the train­ing ground.

“This three points is a great re­ward for all of our ef­fort. dur­ing the week.”

Un­sur­pris­ingly, Northamp­ton man­ager Aidy Boothroyd spoke in less glow­ing terms about his own play­ers.

He ad­mit­ted at least two of the team had re­ceived a dress­ing-down in the dress­ing room - al­though the Cob­blers boss was not about to name names.

“Some of the play­ers have got their heads in their hands won­der­ing how we didn’t win it,” he said.

“But we didn’t win it be­cause we didn’t do the basics right and we let them run past us and take the points.

“Both of their goals have come from our pos­ses­sion and to get done on two counter-at­tacks when we’re on the edge of their box is very, very dis­ap­point­ing.

“We weren’t any­where near strong enough in the back ar­eas of the pitch in terms of win­ning head­ers, get­ting out, get­ting hold of the ball and be­ing brave enough to make good de­ci­sions when in pos­ses­sion of the ball.

“I’m re­ally an­noyed with one or two of the lads but I won’t name names and that will re­main be­hind closed doors.”

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

BRACE YOUR­SELF: Torquay's Jor­dan Chapell, right, cel­e­brates his dou­ble with Karl Haw­ley LOAN STAR: Ja­cob Blyth rises to head home the opener

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