Karl leaps to de­fence of aw­ful Ad­dicks

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

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

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