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Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder toasts home comforts

22 February 2014

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder was delighted to chalk up his first Sixfields success since taking over after guiding his team to a 2-0 win over Hartlepool United.

Goals from Mathias Kouo-Doumbe and Brennan Dickenson either side of the break were enough to give the struggling Cobblers a crucial victory.

It wasn't enough to lift Northampton off the bottom of the Sky Bet League 2 table but Wilder was nevertheless delighted to get all three points.

He said: "That was a good performance and a great result for us because Hartlepool have been on a great run. Hopefully, we showed how I want us to play. We saw more belief in the players once we go the first goal.

"Everyone played their part, on the pitch and off it. We did both parts of the game well, in defence and attack.

"In the second half we wanted to make sure we kept on the front foot, we didn't want to sit back, and when we got the second goal I wanted us to go on and try to get a third.

"We saw Hartlepool play in the week and felt we could get at them out wide and we got at them down the flanks. Chris Hackett's second-half performance was excellent and it was a great delivery for the second goal.

"We need to enjoy this result, especially the way it has been going this season.The supporters haven't had much to cheer this season, especially at home, so we'll enjoy this result and look ahead to Tuesday.

"There is a long way to go but we've given ourselves a chance with this result. Now we need to go again against Southend."

The closest Hartlepool came to a goal was when Simon Walton struck the upright leaving manager Colin Cooper to reflect on a disappointing end to his side's four-match unbeaten run.

Cooper said: "We had half an hour in the dressing room and the lads were very honest. They didn't feel, for whatever reason, that it was their day.

"Some felt leggy, some felt tired and we don't know why that is. We made two changes to freshen things up a little bit but it hasn't quite worked.

"We're all leaving disappointed. They were soft goals that we conceded; you can pick the bones out of every goal you concede.

"I don't think it's an individual thing or a collective thing but we were definitely flat. We can't do anything about it, we just need a positive reaction now. I have to say Northampton worked their socks off but too many crosses came into our box and [there were] too many chances for them to score goals."


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