WILDER: WE’LL BE CHAM­PI­ONS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Louis Wil­son

MAN­AGER Chris Wilder ad­mit­ted he won’t lose sleep over Northamp­ton Town’s less than con­vinc­ing win over New­port County be­cause they’re des­tined to be­come League Two cham­pi­ons.

John Mar­quis’ 22nd-minute strike was enough to move Wilder’s men 13 points clear of sec­ond-placed Ox­ford United and a mam­moth 17 clear of fourth­placed Ply­mouth Ar­gyle.

And the Northamp­ton boss says he couldn’t care less that the visi­tors dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings at Six­fields, miss­ing a hat­ful of chances to grab a point or more.

“We didn’t de­serve it but I don’t care,” said Wilder. “There’s no such thing as a bad win and I don’t care at all be­cause we’ll be in League One next sea­son.

“Some other teams in this league can play fan­tas­tic football but they might win one week and get beat the next and they’ll be play­ing League Two football next year. Or they’ll be in the play-offs at best.We’ll be cham­pi­ons and we’ll be in League One.”

Scott Bo­den, Alex Rod­man and John-Christophe Ay­ina all could have scored be­fore Mar­quis broke the dead­lock mid­way through the first half.

It came from a sub­lime Ricky Holmes slide rule pass that bam­boo­zled New­port de­fender Ben Davies and al­lowed Bren­dan Moloney to cross from the right.

Lee Martin held the ball up well and Mar­quis smashed it into the roof of the net from eight yards out, giv­ing vis­it­ing keeper Joe Day no chance.

Ay­ina missed an­other golden op­por­tu­nity be­fore the in­ter­val and Medy El­ito crashed a shot onto the bar 20 min­utes from time as New­port tried and failed to get level in the con­test.

“Credit to the op­po­si­tion,” said Wilder. “They’ve not got a lot to play for and they came and knocked the ball about well.

“But we took our chance and we’ve won an­other game of football, which isn’t a bad habit to have.”

New­port man­ager War­ren Feeney was full of Good Fri­day frus­tra­tion af­ter watch­ing his side dom­i­nate against the cham­pi­ons-elect but come away with noth­ing.

“I’m gut­ted for the play­ers,” said the Ex­iles boss.“Northamp­ton will win the league easy and smash the 100 points-bar­rier and I don’t think you’ll see the champi- ons out­played like we did, bar the first 20 min­utes.

“It’s very fine mar­gins. We didn’t track a run­ner for the goal but apart from that we had the best chances and re­ally had a go in the sec­ond half.

“Chris Wilder is a fan­tas­tic man­ager and he said we didn’t de­serve that.

“They’re romp­ing this league and to come here and play like that I’m gut­ted for the play­ers.

“They’re an hon­est bunch and they’re cer­tainly play­ing for me at the mo­ment.

“I’m just dis­ap­pointed but at the end of the day it’s about tak­ing your chances and we didn’t do

that. “De­spite our per­for­mance the score­line says 1-0 to Northamp­ton and that’s an­noy­ing.”

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