Cobblers “must keep the hammer down” stresses boss Wilder

Thumbs up: Wilder gives his approval from the touchline during Cobblers' win over Yeovil (pictures by Sharon Lucey)
Thumbs up: Wilder gives his approval from the touchline during Cobblers' win over Yeovil (pictures by Sharon Lucey)
  • Wilder keen to ensure focus remains on picking up results
  • Town boss wants players to develop winning mentality
  • Cobblers sitting level on points at the top after 2-0 win over Yeovil

Cobblers boss Chris Wilder has emphasised the need for his side to “keep the hammer down” and not take their foot off the gas after the club’s off-field issues were resolved by Kelvin Thomas’ takeover last week.

Wilder’s men have been in scintillating form lately despite the traumatic events away from the pitch, which finally came to an end last week.

All the stats make pleasant reading for Cobblers fans as their side made it five wins in a row and seven in eight in all competitions with a 2-0 victory over bottom-of-the-table Yeovil on Saturday.

But while Wilder is as pleased as anyone to see the off-field issues resolved, he’s keen to ensure it does not lead to a drop off in performance levels.

“We’re on a great run but this is a tough, tough competition and we’re not going to spend bags of money,” said the Town manager.

“The club’s future is now safe and secure for the medium to long term which is absolutely fabulous news because people can get paid and fans can look forward to having the stand built.

“But this is a tough competition with a lot of big hitting teams and we’re having a go.

“We have to make sure we keep our feet on the ground. It’s great news that the future is safe for everybody at this club but we want to win games of football and we have to keep the hammer down.

“We’ve got to keep notching up points because we don’t want to waste a season of hard work which we’ve put so much into.

“We don’t want to drift away. That has to be mentality if we want to succeed.”

Saturday’s win takes the Cobblers up to 40 points from 20 games this season, the same tally as leaders Oxford United and Plymouth Argyle.

It goes without saying that Wilder will be eager for his side not to look too far ahead but he also wants to use the challenge of reaching top spot as motivation for the players.

“I think you can take it both ways because I want to be top of the league,” he added.

“Of course you can’t look too far ahead but you have to look at the next game to see if you can win that one and go top of the league and that’s what we said.

“I want those teams above us to lose and I want us to be top of the league, but we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves.

“If it was another group of players then it might be different, but this group is focussed and we’ve got the likes of Buchanan, Richards, Taylor, Diamond and Cresswell.

“We’ve got some decent season pros who have been in promotion winning teams and have success on their CVs so they know that their next challenge is the toughest one.”

Following Saturday’s hard-fought victory, Wilder admitted it was difficult to get everyone’s minds focussed on the football itself amid the relief of Thomas’ takeover, but now it’s been resolved, he wants the players to develop a winning mentality.

He continued: “To be fair we’ve been pretty tough with the players this week because we had to focus and with everything going on, they live in a world of social media and twitter and facebook and Sky Sports and so on.

“Tuesday was really impressive in the way we went about it and with the FA Cup game being next week, we wanted to make sure we got to 40 points however we did it, and we’ve managed to do that and now it’s onto the next game – that’s the mindset we have to have if we want to achieve this season.

“This is the game – you can’t get caught up in it all. You have to focus.

“If we hadn’t have got a win on Saturday I’d have been grumpy all weekend but that’s what you want to do and that’s how you want the players to feel – you want them to have that winning feeling.

“It should hurt when you don’t play well and it hurts when you don’t win, and there will be times when we lose.”