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Chris Wilder credits classy Northampton Town

6 September 2014

Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder hailed his side's all-round performance as Marc Richards' double sealed a 2-0 win at Dagenham and Redbridge.

Richards gave the Cobblers the lead on eight minutes with the simplest of finishes from Kaid Mohamed's ball and then headed home Joel Byrom's corner to make it their eighth win in nine games against the Daggers.

And Wilder was delighted in particular with their first half showing, and believed it was one of their best 45 minutes since he took over at Sixfields in January.

"I'm delighted to come away from home and produce a performance, in particular the first half with pace and power and we were really good going forward," said Wilder.

"From both parts of the game I thought we were excellent. I'd like to think the game was done and dusted in the first half and we just had to make sure we were professional and smart in the second half. That's what we did.

"In terms of the way we moved the ball and created chances, and from the other defensive part, it was up there with one of the best performances from my time here. But it counts for nothing if you come out in the second half and don't do your jobs."

Meanwhile Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett was disappointed with the decision making from his side as they slipped to their first defeat in four games.

"We've come up against a very good Northampton team and you can't give teams two goal head starts like we have and come back from it," said Burnett.

"We have given the ball away and made poor decisions off the ball to try and rectify the mistakes we have made. It's about decision making. We've made incorrect decisions and it has cost us.

"At 1-0 down you are still in with a chance of getting something out of the game but at 2-0 it's an uphill climb.

"There were certainly a lot of crosses coming in to the box in the first half and it was Matt Partridge and Damian Batt's job to stop that.

"In the second half we were better but when you are 2-0 down to Northampton you are going to be chasing it but we couldn't quite find the target."

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