Value of vic­tory is not lost on Wilder

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Aaron Bower

CHRISWilder de­clared Northamp­ton’s win against More­cambe the big­gest re­sult of their sea­son so far as Ivan Toney’s goal in­flicted a third con­sec­u­tive 1-0 de­feat on the Shrimpers.

The Cobblers are now up to fifth after Toney’s header proved to be the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two sides, and Wilder was in no doubt over the im­por­tance of the re­sult.

“I’ve just said to the play­ers that I think it’s the big­gest re­sult of our sea­son after what hap­pened last week," Wilder said. "Ques­tions were asked of us and whether we’re an up and down side, and ev­ery­one was there to see us last week at Six­fields.

“If we’re go­ing to do some­thing prop­erly and we’re go­ing to be suc­cess­ful then both parts of the pitch have to be ex­e­cuted well and be done OK. The lads have worked hard all week and I be­lieve it was a de­served vic­tory.

“To put in a per­for­mance like that with nine play­ers on the side­lines in­jured is bril­liant, and we’ve got a great re­sult to back it up.”

The Cobblers started brightly and could have led as early as the third minute, when Toney - Northamp­ton’s best player all af­ter­noon - forced a smart save from Barry Roche with a well struck free-kick.

But their dom­i­nance was fi­nally re­warded after 33 min­utes, when Toney took full ad­van­tage of an er­ror from Roche. The More­cambe keeper came rush­ing out to try and clear a ball on the edge of his own area, but some­how ended up be­ing caught in no man’s land.

That left Toney with an op­por­tu­nity he didn’t pass up on; head­ing the ball over Roche to nudge Chris Wilder’s men into the lead.

More­cambe im­proved in the sec­ond half, with Kevin El­li­son per­haps hav­ing the best chance for the home side, fir­ing wide after a good run into the area. It fin­ished 1-0 though, leav­ing More­cambe with­out a goal or a point in three games, and boss Jim Bent­ley cut a frus­trated fig­ure after another de­feat for his side.

“We’re very dis­ap­pointed, be­cause that’s now the last three we’ve lost 1-0,” Bent­ley lamented.“It’s dis­ap­point­ing to lose any game, but los­ing in front of your home fans be­cause of a mis­take is very dis­ap­point­ing.

“We haven’t played as well as we can do which is up­set­ting. It looked like two even sides, we were both com­ing into the game off the back of a de­feat and it looked a lit­tle bit jit­tery to start with.

“We in­vited a lit­tle bit of pres­sure on us in re­gards to poor de­ci­sions, and they took no chances what­so­ever.

“They played for cor­ners and just didn’t mess about, and un­for­tu­nately we did.”

STAR MAN IVAN TONEY Northa

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