Wilder’s sprint­ers quick out of blocks

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

NORTHAMP­TON main­tained their rep­u­ta­tion as the di­vi­sion’s quick starters in this com­pre­hen­sive victory.

Things look bleak for the Min­ster­men, who are now a point out­side the rel­e­ga­tion places and left Six­fields curs­ing their in­con­sis­tency.

The Cob­blers were on fire at the start of both halves, scor­ing through Chris Hack­ett af­ter four min­utes and then dou­bling their tally with a Bren­dan Moloney strike two min­utes af­ter the in­ter­val.

Ivan Toney put the seal on it when he ap­plied the fin­ish­ing touch to a fluid pass­ing move down the left wing.

His manager, Chris Wilder, was de­lighted with the victory and the stan­dard of the team’s pass­ing play.

“I’m re­ally en­joy­ing watch­ing this team and we’ve got some fan­tas­tic games com­ing up,” he said.

“The for­wards al­ways get the praise when you win 3-0, but our mid­field­ers and full-backs, es­pe­cially, were su­perb go­ing for­ward.We were su­perb all over the pitch.

“We dropped five points at Hartle­pool and Mans­field, but we’ve bounced back well here and got those dis­ap­point­ments out of our sys­tem. That’s six wins in eight games and we’re play­ing how we want to now.

“We’ve just got to keep go­ing as long as pos­si­ble and keep our sea­son alive.

“Let’s see where that takes us in May.”

While Northamp­ton are eight points adrift of the play-offs, things look bad for York, whose weak­nesses off the ball were, manager Rus­sell Wil­cox felt, ruth­lessly ex­ploited.

“We’re in trou­ble and this game showed why we are down there,” he said.

“We’ve got to get enough points to stay in the league. That’s all it’s about now.

“We spoke be­fore the game about how Northamp­ton like to make quick starts to games and we’ve con­ceded af­ter four min­utes.

“We weren’t at it with­out the ball and I’m ab­so­lutely rag­ing. The per­for­mance wasn’t good enough and that needs to be ad­dressed.

“It’s so frus­trat­ing be­cause our past two per­for­mances have been very good. “We’ve tried to build on that and we want to be con­sis­tent. This per­for­mance was not ac­cept­able.

“We knew what the sit­u­a­tion was go­ing to be when we got in the build­ing and we need to im­prove on this if we are go­ing to achieve what we’re here to do.

“The base is be­ing solid and keep­ing clean­sheets and we’ve given Northamp­ton too many op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“They have found be­lief in them­selves in the past month.

“But we threw the goals in and we’re not us­ing our ex­pe­ri­ence to man­age games.”

STAR MAN RICKY HOLME

S Northa

mpton

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