Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder heaped praise on his players and fans after overcoming Oxford United 1-0 in Sky Bet League 2.The Cobblers had gone four league games without a win prior to welcoming Oxford to Sixfields, but they brought that run to an end thanks to Sam Hoskins' first-half header.
“It's been a bit of a hectic week but I think everybody has gone about it in the right way and the club came together as one,” Wilder told the club's official website.
Great result today, lads dug deep and fully deserved the 3 points! Very happy to get my first league goal for @ntfc ⚽️— Sam Hoskins (@SamHoskins_14) September 12, 2015
“It was a tight game but it was an outstanding effort from the players and it was an outstanding effort from the fans.”
Victory was made all the more impressive given the fact that Northampton had to spend the second period with 10 men, following Jason Taylor's dismissal on the stroke of half-time.
Taylor's clash with U's winger Callum O'Dowda handed Oxford the chance to level from the penalty spot, but goalkeeper Adam Smith made a fantastic stop to deny Danny Hylton from 12 yards.
“The work rate from the team was excellent, the players kept their shape really well and they put their bodies on the line for the football club,” the ex-Oxford boss added.
“We made it difficult for the opposition and the longer the game went on the more comfortable we looked.
“It was important we got the winning feeling back, we won’t get carried away but it’s been a good day and let's enjoy it.”
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