Five-star Cob­blers stun poor Stan­ley

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

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.”

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