LAND­MARK WEEK ENDS ON A HIGH

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Spit­tles

NORTHAMP­TON boss Chris Wilder is con­vinced the key to suc­cess was his play­ers re­tain­ing their fo­cus as vic­tory over Yeovil ended a great week for the club.

The Cob­blers’ fu­ture was se­cured on Thurs­day – two days af­ter win­ning at Craw­ley – when Kelvin Thomas com­pleted his takeover of the Six­fields club.

And Wilder’s men stayed in the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion places as goals from Law­son D’Ath and Marc Richards clinched a com­fort­able win over strug­gling Yeovil.

Wilder said: “We were tough on the play­ers to­wards the end of the week be­cause we had to get ev­ery­one fo­cused on the task in hand.

“The play­ers live in a world of so­cial me­dia and they all know what has been go­ing on but Tues­day was im­pres­sive and we man­aged to get the job done here as well.

“De­spite all the good news we’ve had this week, if we hadn’t have won the game to­day I would have been grumpy all week­end.

“We’re in foot­ball for that win­ning feel­ing. We’re on a good run now and things are go­ing well but we’ve got to keep our fo­cus.”

In con­trast,Yeovil re­main bot­tom of the ta­ble with de­feat and are now with­out a win in 12 league games.

The run has led to fans call­ing for man­ager Paul Stur­rock to be sacked, but he in­sists he is the man to lead them to safety.

He said: “I’m con­fi­dent that I can turn things around and get us away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

“If I didn’t think that, I would walk away but I’m not go­ing to do that.

“It doesn’t take a rocket sci­en­tist to understand that a 12-game run with­out a win isn’t good but I be­lieve in th­ese play­ers and we will stay up this sea­son.

“We played a strong team who are near the top of the ta­ble and they were clin­i­cal and took their chances.

“We’ll keep work­ing hard and I know we can turn it around. We’ve now got two weeks be­fore our next league game and we’ll make sure all the play­ers are ready.”

Yeovil wasted an early chance when Harry Cor­nick slipped af­ter be­ing put through by Josh Shee­han, but Northamp­ton quickly showed why they’re chal­leng­ing for pro­mo­tion.

Richards came close with a header be­fore for­mer Yeovil loa­nee D’Ath put the Cob­blers ahead on 35 min­utes, latch­ing onto a pass from Al­fie Pot­ter be­fore round­ing goal­keeper Chris Weale and tap­ping into the empty net.

Af­ter the break the home side made the three points safe, with Richards con­vert­ing a cross from Nicky Adams from close range on 57 min­utes to make it 2-0.

Yeovil briefly threat­ened when Ryan Dick­son’s cor­ner was cleared off the line by goal­keeper Adam Smith and Cor­nick headed the re­bound against the cross­bar.

But the Cob­blers com­fort­ably held on to end a dra­matic week in their history with a well-earned vic­tory.

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