The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Sam Gas­coyne

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.”

PIC­TURES: Mike Capps

HOLME AND DRY: Ricky Holmes fires in Northamp­ton’s sec­ond goal

SAM THE MAN: Northamp­ton cel­e­brate Sam Hoskins’ goal


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