COBBLERS QUICK OFF THE MARC

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

NORTHAMP­TON might want to con­sider mov­ing their home games to Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge after win­ning there for a fifth con­sec­u­tive time on Satur­day to leave boss Chris Wilder purring.

Marc Richards gave an il­lus­tra­tion of his goal-poach­ing ex­per­tise with a well-timed run and fin­ish for the Cobblers’ first and a clever header for the sec­ond ef­fec­tively to end the match as a contest after 23 min­utes.

Richards was in­debted to a strong sprint down the left by Kaid Mo­hamed for the opener and a re­hearsed cor­ner-kick rou­tine for the clincher, tak­ing his per­sonal tally for the sea­son to four.

The num­ber nine might have had more, too, with an ef­fort cleared off the line and Liam O’Brien mak­ing a good save from another ef­fort, all in the first half.

Mo­hamed and winger Chris Hack­ett also had chances well saved and, with the Dag­gers be­ing held at arm’s length, vis­it­ing man­ager Chris Wilder felt the per­for­mance was one of the best Northamp­ton have pro­duced dur­ing his nine-month ten­ure.

“I’m de­lighted that we’ve gone away from home and pro­duced a per­for­mance like that, with that pace and power,” he said.

“They are a re­ally good foot­balling side, they try to over­load the mid­field and use their pace in the wide ar­eas and (Jamie) Cure­ton has been a rev­e­la­tion for them this sea­son.

“In all parts of the game we were ex­cel­lent and I think that the game was done and dusted in the first half.

“I’d like to think we were smart in the sec­ond half and made good de­ci­sions.

“We cre­ated chances and de­fended well so the first 45 min­utes would be up there among my best since I’ve been here.

“But it would have counted for noth­ing if we hadn’t done our jobs again.

“We knew they’d have a go and raise the tempo and we dealt with that well.”

One of the key el­e­ments of the vis­i­tors’ dom­i­nance was in the wide ar­eas, where Mo­hamed on the left and Hack­ett on the right had very good games.

Da­gen­ham boss Wayne Bur­nett was not happy with the way his full-backs dealt with those threats.

“We’ve come up against a very, very good Northamp­ton team and you can’t give teams of their qual­ity twogoal starts and ex­pect to come back from it,” he said.

“We made poor de­ci­sions off the ball and were made to pay for them. Our in­cor­rect de­ci­sions have cost us in this game.

“In the first half we let too many crosses come into our box - Damian Batt and Matty Pa­tr­ridge are in the team to stop the ball com­ing in and any­thing else they do for the team is a bonus.

“I told them on Fri­day that was their job but there were far too many crosses com­ing in, es­pe­cially in the first half.

“And after that we have to be bet­ter at de­fend­ing set­pieces in gen­eral.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

PLACE­MENT: Marc Richards scores the sec­ond goal for Northamp­ton

DE­LIGHT: Marc Richards cel­e­brates

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