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League Two

Chris Wilder hails perfect Northampton Town performance

26 April 2014

Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder got everything he wanted after a 3-0 victory over Dagenham and Redbridge moved them out of the bottom two in Sky Bet League 2.

Ivan Toney's first-half brace and a sensational volley from Ian Morris secured a vital three points for the Cobblers, who are three points clear of the two sides below them ahead of a meeting with Wilder's old side Oxford United.

Wilder said: "We couldn't have asked for any more really - three quality goals, a great start for us, fantastic support and we just wanted to make sure controlled our result, and we've done that."

Toney opened the scoring with his goal for Northampton in the eighth minute, the 18-year-old expertly heading home an Ian Morris cross.

Talking about the teenager, Wilder said: "He gave us a spark last week and he deserved to play regardless of his age, and him and John (Marquis) were two young boys at the top of the pitch which was quite a big call for us to make - but they deserved to play and they set us off on the front foot.

"He'll get all the headlines, and deservedly so, because his performance and his goals were exceptional. He'll get all the plaudits when his career goes on and on, but you know the job's not done. I'm not trying to be negative about anything, we've done the job here and we've got to make sure that we don't fall short next week."

Just four minutes after Toney's opener, Northampton's advantage was doubled. Morris lashed home a spectacular volley from 25 yards after Dagenham failed to clear a Chris Hackett corner.

And Toney doubled his tally for the afternoon five minutes before the break with a quite exquisite finish. Darren Carter's corner was half cleared by Brian Saah to Toney, who deftly controlled the ball and hit an unstoppable overhead kick beyond the reach of Dagenham goalkeeper Jordan Seabright.

Dagenham's first-team coach Darren Currie expressed his disappointment with the performance of his players.

He said: "It wasn't what we planned. We worked all week on a certain system and as you've seen in recent weeks we've been giving squad players and maybe people who haven't had enough minutes a little bit more of an opportunity, and it was bitterly disappointing.

"We must have said it a hundred times this week. We knew what to expect, they're fighting for their lives and we've got ourselves in a position of safety and we knew that they would be turning balls in and would be up against us for the second balls and the knock downs, and asking questions of our back four.

"We've said it a hundred times this week and made the boys thoroughly prepare for what was coming our way. But, even so, when you're out there you've got to take on board instruction and deal with what's coming at you."

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