Cob­blers are ‘bang av­er­age’ says Chris

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By James Owens

NORTHAMP­TON’S three­goal de­feat of Ex­eter may have sent Cob­blers fans home happy, but man­ager Chris Wilder was less im­pressed, af­ter a dis­play he branded “bang av­er­age”.

The hosts picked up where they left off fol­low­ing Tues­day’s 3-0 dis­missal of Black­pool in the Cap­i­tal One Cup, lead­ing Ex­eter by two goals at half-time. Ex­eter boss Paul Tisdale switched his side from 43-3 to 3-5-2 at the break, but the changes had lit­tle im­pact, with Wilder’s men grab­bing a third late on.

Yet the for­mer Ox­ford boss de­liv­ered a scathing ver­dict on his side’s per­for­mance.

“I don’t think it was im­pres­sive at all,” Wilder said. “The dif­fer­ence was the two boxes. I thought Ex­eter had just as much play as us.We scored three crack­ing goals, they’ve not had the bounce of the ball.

“I’m not go­ing to gloss over it, I didn’t think that was very good.”

And Wilder em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of con­sis­tency if the Cob­blers are to push for pro­mo­tion.

“I’m not try­ing to keep peo­ple’s feet on the ground. This is a tough di­vi­sion

“If we are go­ing to achieve this sea­son, we can’t fluc­tu­ate from okay to good per­for­mance last Satur­day, to an out­stand­ing per­for­mance on Tues­day night, to a bang av­er­age per­for­mance.”

Ex­eter were un­able to keep up with the hosts’ dy­namic at­tack­ing quar­tet of Nicky Adams, Al­fie Pot­ter, Law­son D’Ath and Marc Richards early on, with the for­mer ex­celling on ei­ther flank.

Yet Northamp­ton’s opener mid­way through the half came from the un­likely source of Jason Tay­lor, who scored his first goal for the Cob­blers with an un­stop­pable dip­ping volley from 20 yards.

Cen­tre-back Ryan Creswell made it two eight min­utes be­fore the break, head­ing home an Adams free-kick at the far post, and prompt­ing Tisdale to change his side’s shape at the in­ter­val.

The visi­tors im­proved af­ter the break, with Tom Ni­chols miss­ing two de­cent chances, and sub­sti­tute Will Hoskins be­ing de­nied by a fine Adam Smith stop. But their ef­forts were to no avail, with Northamp­ton skip­per Marc Richards con­vert­ing Ricky Holmes’ low cross a minute from time.

But Gre­cians boss Tisdale was de­ter­mined not to be too de­spon­dent af­ter a first de­feat of the new cam­paign.

“I don’t think we were that far away, but I think we were beaten by the more ef­fec­tive team,” he said.

“I can’t com­plain about the re­sult.

“We ar­guably could have done one or two things dif­fer­ently that could have changed the course of the game, but we didn’t.”



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