WILDER REBUKES UNHAPPY O’TOOLE
CHRIS Wilder has told unhappy Northampton Town striker John-Joe O’Toole to “look at himself” after his plea for more game time.
O’Toole was transfer-listed in the summer after a disappointing first season at Sixfields, where he scored just twice in 42 appearances.
The former Republic of Ireland U21 international scored in Tuesday’s draw with AFC Wimbledon and made public his annoyance at a lack of opportunities with the Cobblers.
Boss Wilder responded: “I am not an idiot, I have managed a lot of football clubs. If you’re playing well and doing well in training, it gives me an unbelievably tough decision to leave you out.
“Look after yourself, be a good trainer, be a good player, be a good footballer. I didn’t bring him in to sit him in the stands, but he had a poor season last season.
“Footballers should not look for excuses and say ‘I’ve been played in the wrong position’, or this that and the other, though it is a combination of things.
“We have to get the best out of him, but the player has to look at himself first.”