The Great Es­cape is still on for Cob­blers

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

CHRIS Hack­ett took just three min­utes to score Northamp­ton’s de­ci­sive goal at Ac­cring­ton and Chris Wilder ad­mits find­ing any way to win will be cru­cial to their sur­vival hopes.

The winger scored from a dif­fi­cult an­gle in the game’s sec­ond at­tack and it was vi­tal that the Cob­blers picked up three points and not just be­cause Wy­combe and Portsmouth won their games against Da­gen­ham and Hartle­pool.

It was a first win in seven for Northamp­ton and man­ager Wilder be­lieves the time for talk­ing has to come to an end.

“We had to find a way to win,” said Wilder.

“It’s al­ways dif­fi­cult psy­cho­log­i­cally to play at Ac­cring­ton be­cause they get on the front foot and they’ve hurt some very good teams.

“There has been a lot of talk­ing over the past 13 or 14 games from play­ers, sup­port­ers and people in­volved with the club and that had to stop and we had to make sure we did all our talk­ing on the pitch.

“I was a touch dis­ap­pointed that we didn’t go in 2-0 up at half-time but we didn’t let that af­fect us.

“We’re not play­ing with an un­be­liev­able amount of con­fi­dence so the key thing was to find a way to win, and we did that.

“It was im­por­tant that we got the first goal,.

“Last week we con­ceded first and that just com­pletely drained us. Af­ter that we had some- thing to fight for and some­thing to hold on to.”

The Cob­blers scored the only goal of the game when Hack­ett latched on to a long ball and fin­ished from a tight an­gle. Stan­ley’s James Gray put an ef­fort wide, be­fore Emile Sin­clair’s shot at the other end was blocked by de­fender Tom Al­dred.

Vis­it­ing keeper Matt Duke had to make a su­perb in­jury-time stop to deny Kay­ode Ode­jayi and se­cure the points.

Ac­cring­ton them­selves are now just six off the drop zone but their man­ager would not trade places with his op­po­site num­ber, de­spite the re­sult.“We’ve made re­mark­able progress this sea­son,” said James Beat­tie.

“We’re in a much rosier po­si­tion than at the start of the year and I’d rather be sit­ting in our dress­ing room than in Northamp­ton’s.

“I don’t think they cre­ated much that we didn’t gift them.

“They could have scored three times off our mis­takes.

“You can’t leg­is­late for things like that.You can’t work on in­di­vid­ual mis­takes in train­ing.

“I have to say I don’t know how he (Hack­ett) got the ball in from the an­gle that he did.

“It was a very good fin­ish but we couldn’t get back into it af­ter that.”

PIC­TURES: Dave Flem­ing

NO SLIP UP: An­toni Sarce­vic scores a free-kick to con­firm the win. In­set: David Ball scores Fleet­wood’s first goal STAR MAN


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