Five-star Cobblers stun poor Stanley
THEY may have been down to ten men for over half the match but that did not seem to bother Northampton Town as they ran riot over hapless Accrington to leave boss Chris Wilder grinning from ear to ear.
Despite losing Ryan Cresswell to a red card before the break, the Cobblers smashed home five superb goals to move up to 12th in the table.
Ricky Holmes opened the scoring before doubles from Marc Richards and Lawson D’Ath sealed an impressive win.
“The workrate of the team was terrific; we looked a real solid team out there and I’m delighted for everyone involved,” said Wilder.
“We started really well, but we got done on one long ball and all of a sudden the game was completely different.
“The attitude of the players in the changing rooms at the break meant I didn’t have to do a great deal.
“You’ve got to show a reaction when you get decisions like that and I believe we did that.
“The shape of the team was fantastic, the front three were really good and we didn’t give them much time on the ball.”
The visitors were two up inside the opening 32 minutes – Holmes firing home to break the deadlock before Richards tucking away from the penalty spot to put the Cobblers in control.
Six minutes after that Richards strike though, Stanley were back in it.
Cresswell was sent off after hacking down Sean Maguire, and Piero Mingoia fired home the rebound from Luke Joyce’s missed penalty.
The home side hurled on striker James Gray in a bid to level things up after the break, but the expansive game Cresswell’s sending off had created only seemed to benefit the team a man light.
Two goals in three minutes sealed the points for Town, D’Ath scored an exquisite long-range lob on the counter and Richards grabbed his second.
And with Accrington pushing late on, Northampton showed their killer instinct when Holmes freed D’Ath, who stroked home a fifth. And Accrington boss John Coleman admitted his side are in a relegation dogfight.
“Absolutely we are, there’s no getting away from that,” Coleman lamented.
“There’s always a team who are in freefall throughout this time of the year, and we’ve got to stop the rot.
“We’ve got to start giving ourselves a chance in games. Time and time again we’re conceding silly goals, and that tells you that the personnel isn't good enough.”
“That’s my reponsibility - we are not recruiting the right players.
“We keep getting punished out there.”
STAR MAN LAWSO
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