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Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder defiant despite defeat

8 February 2014

Newly-appointed Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder has called on his team to be more solid at the back after they conceded two first-half goals in the 2-0 defeat to Plymouth Argyle.

Plymouth's top scorer Reuben Reid netted his 14th of the campaign in the fifth minute before Lewis Alessandra made it 2-0 six minutes before the break.

It was Argyle's first success in six outings but a fourth straight home defeat leaves Northampton Town seven points adrift at the bottom.

Shot-shy Cobblers have managed just 13 goals at Sixfields and drew another blank against Argyle, making it just one success in ten outings. The basement boys seriously failed to trouble keeper Jake Cole on his first start since August.

Wilder said: "We've got to be better defensively, the two goals we conceded today were very poor.

"The players were positive and there were some decent aspects to our game. But we gave ourselves a mountain to climb with the two goals we gave away, they were very poor ones.

"The goals gave Plymouth a massive boost and were a real knock back for us, especially the second goal which gave them a big lift before the break.

"There are no shirkers in the team and the players are having a right go at it despite all the changes. We haven't got time and we need to affect things pretty quickly.

"There is enough experience in the side now but we need to be much harder to play through and not give teams a two-goal start. That allowed Plymouth to sit back and it was difficult for us to create chances.

"I'm confident there is enough attacking quality in the team and there will not be many more changes. This is the group of players that has got to take the opportunity but we badly need that first win."

Argyle boss John Sheridan was delighted to pick up three points again and said: "It was a very good team performance and I'm very pleased with the result.

"Taking the three points was all important for us in this game and I thought we fully deserved to get them.

"The conditions were very difficult to play in but I thought we dealt with them a lot better than Northampton did. We kept trying to pass the ball and playing the way I want us to play and it was obviously very difficult in the conditions.

"The early goal settled us down a lot and I thought that we would need a second one. But I'm pleased with how we did and it was also especially pleasing to pick up the clean sheet."

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