RICHARDS INSPIRES TOWN’S REVIVAL
NORTHAMPTON TOWN charged back within seconds of going behind – and boss Chris Wilder says his side’s recovery was a sight to behold.
It had looked like it was going to be a long afternoon for the Cobblers when Wycombe went 1-0 up through Luke O’Nien’s second minute header.
But Wilder’s side showed great character to get themselves back in the game with a delightful curling free-kick from Marc Richards ten minutes before the break.
And an explosive start in the second half saw them increase their lead to 3-1 with goals from Lawson D’Ath and Shaun Brisley.
Danny Rowe’s late strike kept things interesting, but Wycombe couldn’t find the equaliser and Northampton held out.
Wilder said: “I thought the recovery after their first goal early on was outstanding. They are a dangerous team and they get the balls into difficult areas and make you defend.
“Then we got off to a flyer in the second half, they were fantastic headers and I felt we were pretty comfortable from then on.
“It’s been outstanding and they’ve rewarded a superb following from the fans with a deserved three points.”
The first half was as entertaining as they come in League Two, with both sides having a host of chances.
O’Nien set the standard for the rest of the game when he looped a header over Adam Smith to give Wycombe the lead.
Northampton threw everything at the hosts, but Matt Ingram was solid in goal to keep out efforts from Sam Hoskins, while Joe Jacobsen cleared Ryan Cresswell’s header off the line.
The equaliser came when Marcus Bean hauled down Richards on the edge of the area, and the Cobblers captain dusted himself down and curled home a wonderful effort into the top corner.
The quickfire headers from D’Ath and Brisley in the first five minutes of the second half stunned the home fans, but Wanderers gradually came back into the encounter.
And with just eight minutes left Rowe took advantage of some sloppy defending in the box to slam home from a loose ball.
But it proved to be just a consolation, and Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth praised his side for going right until the end.
He said: “Northampton are a big strong team and they will always have goals in them. “But the manner of their goals in the second half was disappointing – they were weak headers that went unchallenged.
“We came out with a new formation to stifle them, and they had three chances in the second half and scored two of them, and that’s not good enough.
“I thought there were a few tired players out there. We have a small squad and the games are coming thick and fast.
“But there are no excuses, Northampton did well and deserved the three points.
“We were right in it until the end though, and that was great for the fans.
“We’re not going to win every game, and we’re second in the table so it’s not all doom and gloom.”
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