COBBLERS ON ROAD TO GLORY
CHRIS WILDER’S fantastic Northampton side produced a confident performance at a wet and windy Sixfields to trounce Barnet and continue their march towards the top of the table.
Wilder hailed his side for their excellent team performance and a result which put pressure on leaders Plymouth – they lie three points behind with a game in hand.
Wilder said: “We’ve put some things right that we didn’t have right in our last game and my team have produced an excellent performance.
“We’re all delighted with the result. To be where we are at the halfway stage of the season is really pleasing. It’s been a great effort from the players and everyone at the club so far.
“We all know what’s happened at the club during the first part of the season so to be in the position we’re in now is excellent.
“But it’s so important to remember that now we’re there near the top we’re there to be shot down.
“This was a really tough game. We had to weather certain parts of the game, but once we got into it we felt we could exploit them and hurt them, which we did.”
Northampton took an early lead in the fifth minute of the game after Lawson D’Ath’s cross found Sam Hoskins in the centre of the box, and he made no mistake in lashing the ball low into the bottom-right corner of the goal.
The Cobblers came close to doubling their lead only four minutes later when on-loan Barnet keeper Ian Lawlor was forced into making a fantastic double save after closerange shots from Ricky Holmes and Marc Richards peppered his goal.
There were shouts for a Northampton penalty towards the end of the half after Brendan Moloney was brought down just inside the box, but referee Ross Joyce stood firm and allowed the half to play out.
The hosts continued to dominate as the second half progressed and deservedly grabbed a second goal after the lively Ricky Holmes capitalised on a mistake from Curtis Weston to burst through the Bees backline and slot home.
Northampton added a third on 60 minutes with Holmes the architect after he drove forward through the Barnet defence before playing it to Marc Richards, who tucked the ball into the back of the net.
Barnet manager Martin Allen apologised to the travelling fans and slammed his side for their dreadful performance.
“I’m very saddened for all of our supporters,” he said.
“That was not a good performance at all. Northampton were far better than us, they absolutely dominated the game. “Their players were right on it and too many of our players were nowhere near the standard they needed to be. We were lucky it was 3-0 at the end because it could have been more.”
HOLME AND DRY: Ricky Holmes fires in Northampton’s second goal
SAM THE MAN: Northampton celebrate Sam Hoskins’ goal
STAR MAN RICKY HOLMES Northampton