Shoddy Cob­blers in need of re­pair

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Paddy Din­ham

GRA­HAM Alexan­der be­lieves Gareth Evans fully de­served his match­win­ning dou­ble against bot­tom club Northamp­ton Town on his first start of 2014.

The winger struck in each half to se­cure the Cod Army’s first win in five and main­tain the two­point gap be­hind third-placed Ox­ford.

De­spite with­stand­ing some late pres­sure the hosts looked in con­trol through­out and Alexan­der spoke of how his match-win­ner has had to wait pa­tiently for his op­por­tu­nity.

“We had to take the game to Northamp­ton and I think the likes of Gaz and Jamille [Matt] gave us that at­tack­ing threat,” he said.

“Gaz played his po­si­tion re­ally well. He de­served his two goals and you know what you’re go­ing to get with him. He’s been out of the team and he’s worked his socks off to get back into it.

“He’s a great lad, a great team player and he de­served his goals.

“We had to win the game to get back on track. It was one of those where we had to stay solid for as long as pos­si­ble then un­leash the at­tack­ing stuff.

“In the last cou­ple of games we’ve con­ceded in the last minute of the first half and it’s put us un­der pres­sure so we wanted to take the game to Northamp­ton and put them on the back foot.”

Evans put the hosts on the way to vic­tory when he latched onto Steven Schu­macher’s pre­cise pass to loft the ball over Matt Duke.

They were al­most made to pay for two hor­ren­dous misses from Matt when John Mar­quis headed wide and Alan Con­nell went close with an in­ven­tive chip.

The con­test was killed when Parkin crossed for Evans to head home his sev­enth of the sea­son.

But Cob­blers boss Chris Wilder was left feel­ing op­ti­mistic his side can get out of trou­ble de­spite be­ing five points from safety.

“There’s mixed emo­tions for me,” he said.

“We’ve played a pow­er­ful team at this level.

“They’ve got some good play­ers, a good squad and a good group.

“They’ve had a cou­ple of chances on the break but dur­ing the game I think we were well in it.

“We just pos­si­bly needed to be a touch bet­ter in the fi­nal third.

“It was a lit­tle bit closer than the score line rep­re­sents and I think if their man­ager is hon­est about it he’ll be de­lighted with the re­sult.

“I’ll never be happy go­ing into a chang­ing room when we get beaten but for a team that’s around the top and a team that’s un­for­tu­nately around the bot­tom we showed good signs.”

STAR MAN MARK ROBER

TS Fleetwo

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