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Chris Wilder happy with first Northampton Town point

1 February 2014

New Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder was happy with the start that his Football League basement boys made at Cheltenham Town as they claimed a 1-1 draw.

The Cobblers boss, who took charge at the League Two club on Monday, presided over his first game at the helm after leaving Oxford.

And while he saw his side fall behind to a Jamie Cureton tap-in following a glaring error from goalkeeper Matt Duke with less than a minute on the clock, Matty Blair's 75th-minute equaliser ensured Wilder had something to smile about.

He said: "I am looking forward to the rest of the season. There are still a lot of points to be played for, we weren't going to get relegated today nor safe, but it is a start and one that we can be happy with.

"We couldn't have got off to a worse start, but I thought that the players showed tremendous character in tough conditions.

"We will be better, we will be better in terms of our team play and our quality, but there is something to work with, the attitude and commitment was first class.

"One thing that you will see from my teams is that they will go right to the end and compete.

"They have done that here, they won't fold, things may go against us, but we will give it a right go between now and the end of the season."

Wilder, who made four deadline-day signings to try and help boost his side's survival chances, believes there is a lot more to come from the struggling Cobblers.

He added: "It has been a ridiculously hectic week. The players have had a lot chucked at them in a short space of time and we have had to work in the transfer market as well, there were players out there who have really done no work together.

"It good that we have now got a clear week and hopefully the performance will be better and hopefully we can push on."

Cheltenham assistant manager Neil Howarth admitted his side were left frustrated as they threw away a lead once again in front of their own supporters.

He said: "There was frustration and anger, this has happened too many times and it is another mistake that has cost us picking up a much-deserved victory.

"We created the most chances over the game but we have to be killing teams off because the opposition will have an opportunity to get something out of the game.

"We weren't set up right for their goal and we should have done a lot better.

"I thought our performance wasn't too bad, we were passing the ball around quite nicely at times, but the conditions were incredibly bad."

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