In-form Cobblers do things hard way
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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