In-form Cob­blers do things hard way

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

THE Northamp­ton jug­ger­naut shows no sign of slow­ing down but it was tem­po­rar­ily side­lined by a spir­ited More­cambe, with Cob­blers manager Chris Wilder ad­mit­ting his troops made hard work of things at Six­fields.

Northamp­ton have now won five games on the bounce, but their victory over Jim Bent­ley’s side was the hard­est fought of all of them.

De­spite tak­ing a lead with less than a minute on the clock, the home side made hard work of a good victory in an en­ter­tain­ing match.

Joel By­rom had Northamp­ton in front af­ter only 28 sec­onds when he turned in the re­bound from Bren­dan Moloney’s crossshot, and although they had plenty of chances to add to their tally, they were not able to con­vert them.

It looked like they would pay for that profli­gacy when Jamie De­vitt equalised, but Marc Richards’ 16th of the sea­son set the hosts on their way to a fifth win on the bounce and they even got away with a Richards penalty miss too af­ter Ricky Holmes was fouled in the box.

“I was de­lighted with the first half apart from the equaliser and I was dis­ap­pointed to go in on level terms be­cause I thought we could have been two or three up,” said Wilder.

“We got done on one long ball and it was quite flat in the dress­ing room at half-time and their goal de­flated us a lit­tle bit.

“But we knew we’d have to go again and lift our­selves and that’s what we did in the sec­ond half.

“You al­ways want to get off to a quick start, es­pe­cially at home and that’s been a fea­ture of our games, es­pe­cially at home.

“We weren’t great at pick­ing them off, we rushed our clear­ances and needed to be bet­ter when we broke the play up.

“It shouldn’t have been a strug­gle for us but it was, ei­ther through our bad play or through not be­ing calm enough.”

It brings to an end a run of five suc­ces­sive draws for More­cambe, who switched places with Northamp­ton in the ta­ble, and whose manager Bent­ley felt the slow start cost his team dearly. “The start we made to the game was shock­ing and we were lucky to only con­cede one dur­ing that pe­riod be­cause Northamp­ton could have scored three or four times,” he said.

“They are a good team and we’ve got no di­vine right to come to a place like this and think we’re go­ing to get some­thing and at that point we didn’t even have a first wind never mind a sec­ond wind.

“But we got the equaliser and that got us a foothold in the game, af­ter that we’ve had chances and their goal­keeper has made a cou­ple of in­cred­i­ble saves.”

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