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Chris Wilder pleased with Northampton Town's opening-day win

9 August 2014

Chris Wilder was delighted to see Northampton Town get off to a winning start for the first time in seven seasons.

Kaid Mohamed grabbed the game's only goal in the first half as Northampton beat Mansfield Town 1-0 at Sixfields. But it took a solid defensive display to earn all three points and Wilder was delighted with the hard-earned success.

Wilder said: "Every manager is after the same result on the opening day to get their season up and running and we've managed to do that.

"Mansfield are going to take points off teams this season. They are always a tough team to play, especially on the first day. That was a tough first game so to get a victory is very important for us.

"It was a tight first half but we managed to get the goal to get our noses in front. Mansfield are a competitive side and you have to fight to compete with them.

"For most of the second half we opened up and should have sewn the game up. We had chances and I'm disappointed we didn't kill them off.

"We're not the finished article but the attitude and commitment was spot on especially when we were under pressure late on. Our ball retention was disappointing, especially in the first half, but there will be a lot more to come from us.

"We've brought attacking players into the club during the summer. I know that Ivan [Toney] and Marc [Richards] will be disappointed not to get on the scoresheet but I'm sure they will soon.

"The three strikers all have a part to play, either on from the start, or coming off the bench. The build-up play was good from them, they were just missing the finish."

Mansfield played their part in a competitive opener and boss Paul Cox was disappointed not to have got something from the game and the manner in which his side conceded.

He said: "It's very disappointing to lose the game on a restart because that's something that we work very hard on.

"We do a lot on that in training so for it to be the thing that decides the game is very disappointing for us. There was no foul on the goalkeeper, I'm not having that, we just didn't defend it properly.

"We gave their lad a free header and that's not like us because we have roles and we have responsibilities within the team.

"We were on top of the game when we conceded and we weren't in any danger whatsoever. There's a lot of food for thought for us.

"We were a bit leggy in the final stages of the game and that will come with the games that we play, we have to battle on."

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