The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

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.”

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