‘Sense of unity’ pushing the Cobblers on, says boss Wilder

IN IT TOGETHER - the Cobblers players and supporters enjoy the FA Cup win at Coventry City in November, when the future of the club was in serious doubt

IN IT TOGETHER - the Cobblers players and supporters enjoy the FA Cup win at Coventry City in November, when the future of the club was in serious doubt

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Cobblers boss Chris Wilder believes his side are relishing in “the sense of unity” which has been created around the club ever since they survived the threat of extinction back in the autumn.

Though currently thriving at the top of League Two, there was a time when Northampton’s very existence looked bleak due to winding-up orders and court hearings before Kelvin Thomas finally completed his takeover.

Those few months were distressing for everyone involved, but it’s undeniable that the troubling events away from the pitch played a vital role in bringing players, fans and staff closer together, which has acted as the catalyst for Cobblers’ sensational form.

Since Thomas completed his takeover in November, Northampton have won 14, drawn four and lost just twice in all competitions.

Wilder said: “We’ve not really talked about what when on four, five, six months ago because we’ve all been getting on with the football, which is great, but what brought us together and what gave the club a sense of unity and the positivity has been being that close to going out of business.

“We all understand there are moans and groans and the odd shout but the supporters have really given the players the extra yard and a great environment and a great place to go and play their best football.”

The atmosphere at Sixfields on Saturday, when Northampton were held to a 1-1 draw by Cambridge. was unquestionably the best it’s been all season, and that didn’t escape the attention of Wilder.

“It was terrific and fabulous for the players to be backed like that,” he added.

“It’s not always a 4-1 or a 4-0 and when the opposition come to town and make it difficult, the fans need to push them on and they have done again.

“Hopefully that will continue and I’m sure it will.

“We’ll sell out at Stevenage, sell out at Mansfield, sell out here every game and we’re grateful for that.”