Wilder is emotional after hard few days
NORTHAMPTON manager Chris Wilder made an emotional tribute to his players and the club’s supporters after they helped produce an FA Cup shock.
In a week when the club’s existence was called into doubt over financial problems and the PFA stepped in to pay the wages, it was just the lift the club needed.
They deservedly won the game thanks to firsthalf goals from Nicky Adams and Marc Richards in front of more than 2,000 travelling supporters.
Wilder said: “To see that many supporters was outstanding and it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.
“You find out a lot about people in bad times. When you have to dig in as players, staff and most importantly fans, they stand up.
“Everyone who has been here can be immensely proud of themselves and we have thousands of others who could not get here.
“I have got massive respect for supporters of teams who are not glamour clubs. It would be easy for people in the Northampton area to support Chelsea or Manchester United and go to watch them play every five years because this is not glamorous.
“We work in football for days like this. People were diving in, throwing themselves into tackles and that is what it is all about.”
Last season it was Worcester City who sent Coventry packing, and they could have no complaints about the rights of Northampton to move into the next round. They created more chances, looked steadier at the back and could well have added to their lead late in the game when Coventry pushed forward looking to save their blushes.
They made the perfect start when, after just five minutes, the impressive Adams saw his crossed free-kick evade everyone in the box and beat goalkeeper Lee Burge.
But they failed to hold on to the lead and five minutes later Jacob Murphy, who was Coventry’s most dangerous player, was allowed to run at the defence and made it count with a an impressive low shot.
The Cobblers could easily have buckled, but they remained resolute and, seven minutes, later regained their lead when skipper Richards headed in a cross from Lawson D’Ath.
Coventry boss Tony Mowbray said: “It is very disappointing – we wanted to progress and we haven’t. I don’t want to make excuses as we had a reasonably strong side out.
“Ultimately our inability to defend crosses has cost us.
“They did not cause us many problems about from their ability to put the ball into our box, and our inability to defend those crosses.
“I don’t think the goals would have gone in if we had had a dominant centre half, who wants to head the ball, playing in the middle of our defence.”