Wilder’s pride as Cobblers show fighting spirit

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Cobblers boss Chris Wilder was proud of the way his side dug themselves out of trouble after admitting they weren’t at their best following a 2-1 victory over Stevenage.

For the second consecutive game, Northampton had to recover from a goal down as Steven Schumacher put Boro into a deserved 1-0 lead at half-time.

The Cobblers had struggled to get going in a laboured first half display but Dominic Calvert-Lewin levelled matters two minutes after the restart before Alfie Potter’s first goal for the club completed the turnaround and clinched a fourth win in five league games for Wilder’s men.

“We had to dig one out today because we weren’t at our best,” Wilder said afterwards.

“Stevenage were better than us in the first half and deservedly went into half-time leading.

“They played some decent football and for one reason or another we were nowhere near.

“We tried to force it and it was a bit anxious from our point of view - it wasn’t as controlled as we would have liked it to be.

“There weren’t any harsh words at half-time.

“It was about calming ourselves down and relaxing a little bit and having the belief in what we want to do.”

Wilder was much happier with his side’s second half display after they dominated much of the play and could have come away more emphatic winners.

He added: “I thought there was only one winner in the second half because we totally dominated.

“They had one chance when Nicky Adams let the runner go and (Steven) Schumacher picked out a great ball and the lad has whacked it across the face of goal, but apart from that I felt we were pretty comfortable.

“They changed their shape but we defended well enough, broke the game up and I think we had 10 shots in the second half which is more than enough to win a game so it’s a great result.

“We won’t be at our best every game and we certainly weren’t in the first half but it’s these type of moments that define what you’re about.

“When the sun is shining and things are going well, it’s an easy game to play but today it wasn’t an easy game for us.

“At half-time they were the better team but by the end we were the better team and we deserved the result in my opinion.

“We had to stay patient and play more controlled football, and we’re disappointed we didn’t take the game away from them in the period after our second goal because we should have with the amount of play we had.

“The first half performance wasn’t great but that’s football - you can’t always be at your best and it’s about how you react and dig yourself out and those are traits that we’re going to need.

“We showed what we were about and the supporters were magnificent all the way through and it’s a big three points for us.”