The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Leigh Cur­tis

EMO­TIONAL Chris Wilder broke his si­lence on Northamp­ton’s fi­nan­cial cri­sis by in­sist­ing a deal is still on the ta­ble to safe­guard the club’s fu­ture.

Kelvin Thomas is cur­rently try­ing to take over the League Two strug­glers but his bid was plunged into doubt this week be­cause of a de­lay in the pur­chase of shares from chair­man David Car­doza.

Thomas is still in­ter­ested in se­cur­ing the club which has more than £10m worth of debts and are the sub­ject of a wind­ing-up or­der from HMRC.

Staff and play­ers aren’t be­ing paid while the cri­sis rum­bles on, but re­mark­ably the club has been ex­cep­tional in the face of cri­sis on the pitch and vic­tory over Notts County here made it six games un­beaten.

Wilder, whose side are in the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion places, has clearly be­come ex­as­per­ated with the sit­u­a­tion and hopes a break “We through can be made.

“The play­ers and the staff keep pulling rab­bits out of hats and it’s re­mark­able how we keep go­ing,” he said. “I’m ex­hausted be­cause there is a deal to be done.

“I know there is a deal to be done. A deal that will take this club for­ward. It gives it a bright fu­ture.

“We’re play­ing with peo­ple’s liveli­hoods and there’s a deal to be done. It’s ridicu­lous.

“It’s not just a res­cue act that takes us to the end of the sea­son.

“The best deal for the club is the one that’s on the ta­ble and has been worked on for the last four weeks.

“That’s what kept me at the foot­ball club, that’s what’s kept Marc Richards at the foot­ball club. I brought all th­ese play­ers down – and even I left a de­cent club be­cause of the am­bi­tion of where we are go­ing to go.

“What has hap­pened is an ab­so­lute sham­bles. And there is some­one here who wants to take it for­ward.”

De­spite the chaos off the field, Town are in ex­cep­tional form on it as Wilder watched Bren­dan Moloney’s late goal seal a 2-1 vic­tory over the Mag­pies.

They had taken the lead through Rod McDon­ald’s header be­fore Jon Stead snatched an equaliser af­ter half­time.

But Moloney scored with an ex­cel­lent fin­ish with 14 min­utes left to seal a mem­o­rable win.

It dented an im­pres­sive run of form at Meadow Lane for Notts and County boss Ri­cardo Moniz was not happy.

“Based on the sec­ond half, we didn’t de­serve to lose, but we were naïve in the de­tails,” he said.

“We knew what their strength was. They have very good and cre­ative play­ers. Pot­ter, Richards and Adams. put Gill Sw­erts in there to pro­tect the de­fence be­cause we were a bit open against Portsmouth a few weeks back and didn’t want that to hap­pen again.

“We didn’t cre­ate enough like we do when Stan­ley Ab­o­rah plays, but he was in­jured. “We were a lot bet­ter and when we got back to 1-1, all I was wait­ing for was the sec­ond goal to be hon­est with you.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age

OPENER: Rod McDon­ald is mobbed af­ter scor­ing Town’s first goal STAR MAN AL­FIE POT­TER Northamp­ton TUS­SLE: Town’s Marc Richards bat­tles Mike Ed­wards for the ball

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