Ivan the man for recharged Cob­blers

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Stu­art Clarke To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

NORTHAMP­TON may have climbed out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone for the first time since Septem­ber but boss Chris Wilder in­sists now is not the time for con­grat­u­la­tions

Home­town boy Ivan Toney, 18, scored two of the Cob­blers’ stun­ning goals – one a div­ing header and the sec­ond an over­head kick from 12 yards.

Sand­wiched in be­tween, Ian Mor­ris’ sublime lob-vol­ley saw Northamp­ton get off to a fly­ing start and, go­ing into the fi­nal game,Wilder knows that a point against his for­mer side Ox­ford will guar­an­tee sur­vival.

“We’re con­fi­dent, who­ever we play, that we can go and get a re­sult,” he said.

“I truly be­lieved that we could win (against Da­gen­ham)

“We de­served some­thing from the Portsmouth game but we didn’t get it and the pres­sure was on.

“We wanted to be out of the bot­tom two go­ing into the last game of the sea­son and we’ve done that.

“It’s a job well done but there’ll be no pat­ting each other on the back yet, we’ll have a drink next Satur­day if we seal the deal.

“Ivan and John (Mar­quis) set us off on the front foot and Ivan will de­serve his head­lines be­cause his per­for­mance was ex­cep­tional.”

Toney sent the 1,200 away fans into rap­tures in the sev­enth minute, head­ing Evan Hor­wood’s fierce cross past Jordan Seabright hav­ing snuck be­tween Scott Doe and Brian Saah.

Un­beaten in their pre­vi­ous five away games, the Cob­blers dou­bled their lead in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion just min­utes later.

For­mer Mill­wall mid­fielder Chris Hack­ett’s cleared cor­ner fell to Mor­ris 25 yards out and with his first touch he lobbed the ball over Seabright’s out­streched hand.

With just 12 goals in their last 15 games, it’s no sur­prise that Da­gen­ham rarely threat­ened to re­duce the deficit. And when Toney scored his sec­ond the game looked out of reach for the Dag­gers.

The sec­ond half strug­gled to live up to the high stan­dard of the first, with Da­gen­ham con­tin­u­ing their streak of poor home per­for­mances.

“The per­for­mance wasn’t what we were ex­pect­ing or what we’d planned for,” said Dag­gers’ first-team coach Dar­ren Cur­rie.

“We knew what we were go­ing to ex­pect, they’re fight­ing for their lives and we knew they would be up against us, ask­ing ques­tions of our back four.

“We couldn’t do any­thing about Mor­ris’ cracking vol­ley, but we cer­tainly could have for the other goals.”



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