Wilder’s sprinters quick out of blocks
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