The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jon Palmer To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

CHRIS Wilder praised the spirit in the Northamp­ton Town camp as they re­cov­ered from a night­mare start to earn him a point from his first game at the helm.

Hav­ing left Ox­ford United to take charge of the Cob­blers last week, Wilder saw his side fall be­hind within 60 sec­onds.

But Matty Blair’s sec­ond half strike earned them a de­served draw and their new man­ager’s ad­mi­ra­tion.

Wilder said: “We couldn’t have made a worse start could we!

“But af­ter that the play­ers showed tremen­dous char­ac­ter in tough con­di­tions.

“Chel­tenham put us un­der real pres­sure in the first half and it was hard for us to get out of our own half.

“But we were the bet­ter side in the sec­ond half and dom­i­nated the game. The spirit of the team was su­perb.”

Northamp­ton are six points adrift at the foot of League Two, but Wilder be­lieves their re­sult at Chel­tenham has given them some­thing to build on.

“We talked about go­ing on runs and we will be go­ing for wins, but we have to make sure we get a point at least and we have done that here,” he added.

“It’s been a ridicu­lously hec­tic week and the boys have had a lot chucked at them in a short space of time from me and Alan (Knill, as­sis­tant man­ager) and we’ve had to work hard in the trans­fer mar­ket.

“We’ll be bet­ter in terms of team play and qual­ity, but it’s some­thing to work with.” Chel­tenham opened the scor­ing when Matt Richards’ lofted pass was mis­judged by goal­keeper Matt Duke, who let it bounce over his head and Jamie Cure­ton tapped into the empty net af­ter less than a minute.

An­to­nio Ger­man set up Ian Mor­ris for a glo­ri­ous chance to level in the eighth minute, but his shot can­noned back off the far post.

Duke then went some way to­wards re­deem­ing him­self with a smart block to keep out Sam Deer­ing’s shot in the 29th minute.

Chel­tenham’s Scott Brown saved well from Dar­ren Carter, but in the 76th minute sub­sti­tute Leon McSweeney’s cross was volleyed in by Blair, who took ad­van­tage of a static de­fence as Northamp­ton de­servedly drew level.

Chel­tenham’s as­sis­tant man­ager Neil Howarth said: “Frus­tra­tion and anger is the feel­ing af­ter that one be­cause it’s hap­pened too many times.

“We have taken the lead in games and not gone on to win and it’s another mis­take that’s cost us pick­ing up a much-de­served vic­tory.

“We cre­ated the most chances and they had three at­tempts on goal, but while it’s 1-0 and we are not killing teams off, they still have a chance to get some­thing out of the game.

“If you make a mis­take like we have done, it af­fects re­sults ob­vi­ously.

“We weren’t set up right from the throw-in and they have taken it quickly, but it was a hope­ful ball in and be­tween the keeper and de­fend­ers in that area, we should have been on the end of it.”

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

LEV­ELLER: Northamp­ton’s Matty Blair is mobbed af­ter mak­ing it 1-1 STAR MAN MATT


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