The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By An­drew Pen­man

NORTHAMP­TON Town man­ager Chris Wilder praised the char­ac­ter of his play­ers for main­tain­ing the club’s pro­mo­tion push de­spite not be­ing paid this week.

The Cobblers are the sub­ject of a wind­ing-up pe­ti­tion be­ing sought by HM Rev­enue & Cus­toms, which is owed £166,000 by the club.

And they also owe Northamp­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil more than £10mil­lion.

But man­ager Wilder’s side are still fifth in League Two af­ter a bat­tling 2-2 draw at lowly New­port County.

The vis­i­tors were 2-0 up af­ter half an hour at Rod­ney Pa­rade thanks to Sam Hoskins’ ten­th­minute strike and a pow­er­ful free-kick from cap­tain Marc Richards.

But the slowly-im­prov­ing Ex­iles were soon level with Scott Bar­row and Lenell John-Lewis both find­ing the net in a thrilling end to the half.

Nei­ther side could find a win­ner af­ter the restart – try as the might to make the break­through and nab max­i­mum points.

But Wilder was full of pride for the way his play­ers have coped with the off-the-field prob­lems all month and seem­ingly not al­lowed it to af­fect their form.

“To go 2-0 up away from home and get pegged back is dis­ap­point­ing,” ad­mit­ted the Cobblers boss.

“If we had gone five or ten min­utes at 2-0 I think we would have gone on to win the game quite com­fort­ably but we gave them a mas­sive boost with a poor bit of de­fend­ing.

“We’ve tried to win the game in the sec­ond half but it just was not to be for us.

“If you can’t win then you make sure that you don’t get beat.

“But the over­rid­ing view from the play­ers is one of dis­ap­point­ment.

“I’m proud of the play­ers and the sup­port be­cause of what’s gone on this week and that’s what I said to them in the hud­dle at the end.

“The way they’ve con­ducted them­selves and the way they want to go and win for the foot­ball club tells a lot about the char­ac­ter that we have here in the dress­ing room.”

County man­ager John Sheri­dan was also pleased with the ef­fort shown by his play­ers as they moved up to 21st place in the League Two ta­ble to con­tinue their re­cent re­vival.

“The play­ers are giv­ing me every­thing – you could see that,” said Sheri­dan, who re­placed Terry Butcher at the helm.

“The goals are our fault – they were down to us be­ing sloppy and pick­ing the wrong pass.

“But I would rather talk about the re­sponse I got from my play­ers.

“Prob­a­bly a cou­ple of weeks ago we would have lost that game.

“At 2-0 down we were vul­ner­a­ble but we re­ally had a go and got our­selves back in the game, which is a re­ally good sign for us. “We know we’re go­ing to have to work hard to get re­sults with the po­si­tion that we are in down at the bot­tom so full credit to the play­ers.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age

ALL SQUARE: New­port’s Lenell John-Lewis, left, cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing STAR MAN LENELL JOHN-LEWIS

New­port FULL-BLOODED: Northamp­ton’s David Buchanan is tack­led by New­port’s Jazzi Bar­num-Bobb. In­set, Marc Richards cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing Northamp­ton’s sec­ond

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