Karl leaps to defence of awful Addicks
international Jordan Botaka found the net, bundling the ball into even the score.
The tricky winger was again in the heart of the action shortly after the second half began, dancing through a crowd of players before unleashing a fierce shot which was tipped over the bar by Adam Smith.
But the Cobblers grabbed a winner through John-Joe O’Toole after the ball fell kindly to him just ten yards from goal following another fine cross by Phillips. O’Toole’s strike was his seventh in as many games.
Northampton manager Justin Edinburgh said after the game: “Credit to the players, we asked questions of each other after the result midweek and they found the answers.
“It was a good game in difficult conditions, we controlled the game in the second half and it’s a big three points.
“There were a lot of strong performances throughout the team, Aaron Phillips in particular; I thought he was excellent from start to finish. He’s been patient, got his chance and he’s made an impact.
“We got back to the intensity and competitiveness that I’d expect of us out there and we were well worthy of all three points.” NORTHAMPTON picked up their first win in four games as Karl Robinson’s Charlton side fell to yet another defeat, leaving the Addicks without a win since January.
Robinson spoke of the devastation his players felt following the defeat. “I feel sorry for everybody at the club at the moment,” he said.
“The boys are really hurting, we’re in a really fragile place, it’s been a long season and a lot of things have accumulated to where we are now.
“I take the blame, I have to be brave enough and strong enough to be the shield in front of the men, I’m willing to do that for them because I’ve seen a reaction from my boys since Tuesday.
“I’ve got to stay strong in my support for the players, I cannot ask any more from them, they’re giving me their effort.”
Neither side gave much for their supporters to shout about early on after a drab start saw very little in the way of chances.
It took a moment of magic to separate the two after Aaron Phillips’ fantastic pin-point cross was well met by the head of loanee Michael Smith, formerly of Charlton, scoring his first goal for the Cobblers to put them ahead after 32 minutes.
Their lead proved to be short lived, four minutes later Congolese
STAR MAN AARON PHILLIPS Northampton