The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Liam Cole­man

CHRIS Wilder de­scribed Northamp­ton’s bat­tling come­back from a goal down against Steve­nage as a po­ten­tially ‘sea­son-defin­ing’ tri­umph.

Af­ter a week where the Cobblers’ fu­ture was plunged into fur­ther doubt – they have been is­sued with a wind­ing-up pe­ti­tion by HM Rev­enue & Cus­toms over un­paid debts and also failed to re­pay a £10m coun­cil loan – Wilder’s men gave an­other per­for­mance on the pitch to mask the tribu­la­tion go­ing on off it.

Su­per­sub Al­fie Pot­ter was the hero when he slid in to score the win­ner and his first of the sea­son, af­ter only be­ing on the pitch for three min­utes.

Wilder was de­lighted with his side’s per­for­mance and be­lieves it could go on to de­fine the rest of their sea­son.

“This re­sult was about be­ing a proper foot­baller, and a team with proper spirit,” he said. “It is mo­ments like th­ese that de­fine what you are as a group of play­ers, as a club and where you fin­ish at the end of the sea­son.

“When the sun is shin­ing and ev­ery­one is at the top of their game then it’s an easy game. We showed what we are about in the sec­ond half and the sup­port­ers were once again be­hind us the whole way.

“We de­served the re­sult against dan­ger­ous op­po­nents who, at half-time, were the bet­ter team. But we worked hard to get back in the game and de­served the re­sult.

“This is foot­ball. You’re not al­ways at your best. It’s how you re­act to the lit­tle dips that you have and we came back from be­hind again to­day. It shows the char­ac­ter that we have in this side.”

Steve­nage’s Six­fields hoodoo still lives on though, as they have now lost on their last four vis­its to Northamp­ton.

In the open­ing 20 min­utes Northamp­ton piled on the pres­sure with eight cor­ners and John-Joe O’Toole nearly put The Cobblers ahead.

Stand-in skip­per Steven Schu­macher broke the dead­lock for Steve­nage af­ter 24 min­utes with their first goal at Six­fields in five vis­its; his de­flected vol­ley clip­ping the post to leave Adam Smith stranded in the Northamp­ton goal.

Chris Whelp­dale came close to dou­bling the vis­i­tors’ lead af­ter 37 min­utes when he slid in to con­nect with Jerome Okimo’s cross but he was un­able to poke home.

Four min­utes into the sec­ond half and Do­minic Calvert-Lewin lev­elled for the Cobblers with his third in two games, ap­ply­ing a deft touch to Sam Hoskins’ shot.

Sub­sti­tute Al­fie Pot­ter made an im­me­di­ate im­pact, giv­ing Northamp­ton the lead on 63 min­utes af­ter Jesse Joro­nen par­ried Calvert-Lewin’s close range ef­fort.

“I thought we played fairly well, we were in con­trol for long parts of the game so to come away with noth­ing it’s very dis­ap­point­ing,” said Steve­nage man­ager Teddy Sher­ing­ham. “We de­servedly went a goal up in the first half, but to let an­other team in when you are in con­trol of the game, it’s very dis­ap­point­ing to come away with noth­ing. We didn’t have enough chances and didn’t re­ally cre­ate enough in the sec­ond half.”


ON THE UP: Chris Whelp­dale leaps to evade a Steve­nage chal­lenge In­set, the Cobblers cel­e­brate their open­ing goal

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