STILL WAIT­ING FOR HOME JOY

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Tom Phillips

NORTHAMP­TON Town boss Chris Wilder was pleased with the way his side re­sponded in the se­cond half to claim their eighth away win of the sea­son.

Ricky Holmes’ sen­sa­tional strike gave the vis­i­tors the lead af­ter John-Joe O’Toole’s goal can­celled out Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge striker Chris­tian Doidge’s se­cond-half ef­fort.

De­feat meant the east Lon­don­ers missed out on win­ning three League games on the trot for the first time since 2009.

Wilder said: “It was a dif­fi­cult game for us - John Still’s first game at home and he’s brought a cou­ple of play­ers and they won the last two league games.

“We were a bit for­tu­nate to be level at half-time but we made a change and kept the ball at the top of the pitch a lot bet­ter in the se­cond half.

“We dom­i­nated the se­cond half but know­ing that one ball or one pass could al­ways cause us trou­ble, which it did, and fair play to them they took their op­por­tu­nity. But we were con­fi­dent that if we upped our stan­dards we would get some­thing from the game and we have.”

Though Dag­gers are still search­ing for their first League win on home soil this term, boss John Still was pleased with his side’s per­for­mance.

“The per­for­mance was very good, I’ve been pleased with the per­for­mances since I’ve been back, but the dif­fi­cult thing is that we’ve con­ceded six goals from restarts, none of them from open play,” he said.

“Some­times it is in­evitable be­cause some­one does some­thing with a lit­tle bit of magic. The se­cond goal was a great strike and noth­ing we can do about that, but the first goal was very dis­ap­point­ing.

“When look­ing back on the DVD he hasn’t had to jump to head he just ran and bun­dled it over the line and that’s so dis­ap­point­ing.”

Dag­gers winger Ash­ley Hem­mings nearly scored a sen­sa­tional vol­ley on ten min­utes as he cleanly met a long ball in the box only for Adam Smith to parry away.

The vis­i­tors had their first op­por­tu­nity in the 16th minute with Sam Hoskins’ shot out­side the box forc­ing Mark Cousins to dive low to his post.

Ash­ley Cham­bers found the net in the 34th minute as he met Hem­mings’ cross from the left wing only for the ef­fort to be dis­al­lowed for off­side.

At the other end, Justin Hoyte stopped O’Toole’s header on the line af­ter a dan­ger­ous cross from Nicky Adams just be­fore half-time.

Oliver Mul­doon played Cham­bers for a one-on-one op­por­tu­nity af­ter a bril­liant de­fence split­ting pass only for the striker to shoot straight into Smith’s arms. Dag­gers took the lead in the 63rd minute af­ter Josh Pass­ley’s low driven left Doidge to pass the ball into an open net.

Northamp­ton re­sponded in just seven min­utes af­ter Adams’ cor­ner was bun­dled in by O’Toole. Ricky Holmes then won it for the vis­i­tors with a bril­liant vol­ley on the 18-yard line

in the 79th minute.

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