Wilder’s timid team stung by ace Matt
CHRIS Wilder is urging Northampton players to ‘man up’ after claiming some of his troops lost their belief as Dagenham & Redbridge turned this game around.
A quick-fire double by Matt McClure, preferred to experienced marksman Jamie Cureton, rocked the Cobblers after Marc Richards had nodded them into a deserved lead.
And Wilder was not about to hold back.
He said:“We conceded two awful goals and two or three have lost a bit of belief, which is unacceptable.
“We need to man up and have some big weeks ahead.
“For 30 minutes we were in control of the game but we are struggling to keep the ball out of the back of our net.
“Our goalkeeper Adam Smith has then had far too much to do as they’ve defended deep and hit us on the counter attack.”
The visitors merited the three points for their adventure after being handed a route back into the match.
Northampton looked in full control when Richards headed in a Nicky Adams cross in the 23rd minute.
But that only inspired the excellent Ashley Hemmings into action and his whipped cross presented McClure with a free header from point blank range.
McClure’s next goal just 11 minutes later was easier still as he stroked the ball into the empty net after Rod McDonald had been involved in a dreadful mix up with goalkeeper Smith.
He could even have had a hat-trick, seeing his effort blocked by Smith after a delightful ball from Hemmings.
The second half was compelling watching with Liam O’Brien frequently flying out of his goal to defend his packed penalty area.
A 20-yard blockbuster from Sam Hoskins superbly turned onto the bar by O’Brien and a Ryan Cresswell header cleared off the line by Joe Widdowson were the closest Northampton came to redeeming themselves.
In reply, Smith made a series of excellent saves from Hemmings and the hardworking Christian Doidge, who also saw a looping header hacked off the line by Ryan Cresswell.
A delighted Daggers boss Wayne Burnett said: “It’s our first win of the season, our first ever against Northampton and my first over Chris Wilder.
“Jamie Cureton was a little unfortunate to be left out but the decision worked for me.
“If we’d have lost, they’d say I didn’t know what I was doing.
“Hemmings can be whatever he wants to be.
“He has the ability to play at a higher level but he must produce consistently.”
STAR MAN ASHLEY HEMMI