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Chris Wilder praises Northampton Town after battling victory over Luton Town

30 March 2015

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder praised the battling qualities of his side after they edged closer to the Sky Bet League 2 Play-Offs by beating Luton Town 2-1.

The visiting Hatters, who had lost five on the spin prior to the weekend, took the lead early in the second half at Sixfields through Alex Lawless, but Ricky Holmes equalised from the penalty spot for the Cobblers.

James Gray then popped up to bag the winner - his first goal for the club - and that result saw Wilder’s men move within four points of the top seven.

The manager said: "All credit to the players, they really had to dig deep today to get the three points and keep the season alive.

"After losing the last two games we were desperate for a win today. It wouldn't have been the end of the world if we'd lost but it would have been very difficult to get into the Play-Offs.

"We were disappointed not to go in at half-time ahead but Luton are a dangerous side and they were determined to stop their losing run.

"We told the players at half-time to go out and play like they can and get the win they deserved.

"We should have made it much easier for ourselves but we didn't punish them in the first half and they've punished us in the second half. I was very disappointed with their goal, it was the first time they threatened us and I didn't want us to be mugged like that.

"At home especially, you are always looking for your front four to make it happen for you in the final third. We've got the players to do that, James Gray has got the vital goal for us and we all hope he can kick on from there.

"We've come a long way in the last 12 months. A year ago we were battling to stay in The Football League and now we've still got a chance to get into the Play-Offs."

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