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

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.”

PIC­TURES: Den­nis Good­win/ Pro Sport

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