Wilder’s timid team stung by ace Matt

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By John Brind­ley

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

NGS Da­gen

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