Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder hailed his team after they closed the gap at the top of Sky Bet League 2 courtesy of a 2-1 win at Crawley Town.With Plymouth Argyle and Oxford United both picking up 1-1 draws on Tuesday night, the Cobblers took full advantage to move two points behind the Pilgrims and level with the second-placed U's.
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Wilder's men built up a two-goal lead through Joel Byrom and a fine John-Joe O'Toole strike, but Simon Walton pulled one back from the spot following an incident which saw Northampton's Brendan Moloney dismissed on the hour.
However, the Cobblers held firm and Wilder expressed his delight, telling www.ntfc.co.uk: “For an hour we were outstanding and really I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t extend our lead in that period.
“We’ve shown two sides to our game and afterwards we talked about how quickly things can change in a game.
“We had to hang on in there when we went down to 10 men but football-wise we were good and attitude-wise we were even better.
“It’s another big three points but this is just the start for us and we need to be relentless and ruthless if we want to be successful.”