COBBLERS CRUISE TO TOP SPOT
NORTHAMPTON climbed to the top of League Two after brushing aside Morecambe – and boss Chris Wilder is confident his side can keep hold of this winning feeling.
The result marked 50 victories in charge of Northampton for Wilder who has seen his side enjoy a purple patch in the league of late.
They are currently on a five matchwinning streak and Wilder was pleased with the response his side showed to their midweek FA Cup third round replay defeat to MK Dons.
“It’s another big three points for us, the boys’ attitude was really professional, they got over Tuesday night’s cup defeat quickly,” he said.
“I thought we dominated possession, moved the ball around really well and I can’t remember them having any real opportunities on goal, I’m pleased that we’ve scored three goals in what was a convincing performance.
“We need to keep strong, there are 19 games to go, we’ve put ourselves in a fabulous position, the players are playing with great confidence and we’re winning games which is a great habit I hope we continue.”
The Cobblers started the game the brighter of the two sides with Millwall loanee Lee Martin proving problematic for the visitors.
James Collins, another loanee making an impressive home debut for the hosts grabbed the opening goal of the game on 29 minutes, a quick free kick from Joel Byrom caught the sleeping Morecambe defence offguard, and Collins fired home.
Northampton doubled their lead ten minutes later after John-Joe O’Toole found himself in the right place at the back post to stab Ricky Holmes’ effort into the back of an empty net.
Another shambolic defensive display from Morecambe saw them concede a third goal five minutes into the second half after defender Rod McDonald headed home from Martin’s corner.
Morecambe’s first chance of the game finally fell in the 64th minute but Alex Kenyon fired over the bar.
However, the Shrimps did find the back of the net not long after when substitute Paul Mullin tapped in after Adam Smith pushed away Kevin Ellison’s initial shot.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley was humble in defeat praising the high-flying Cobblers: “Northampton deserved to win the game, they’re the best side in the division with some fantastic players.
“The momentum was with them throughout the game, they were playing the ball around really well and we were punished for taking our eye off the ball at times.
“We should have taken more of the opportunities that we were given , but we’ve come away from the game with nothing to show. “I don’t believe we deserved anything from the game, we shot ourselves in the foot at times. We switched off and then good players hurt you.”
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