Wilder delighted by ‘fantastic’ unbeaten run but boss rues missed chances

Chris Wilder appreciates the Northampton support after nearly 800 fans made the trip to Yeovil (picture by Sharon Lucey)
Chris Wilder appreciates the Northampton support after nearly 800 fans made the trip to Yeovil (picture by Sharon Lucey)

Chris Wilder described Northampton’s club record 22 games unbeaten as a ‘fantastic achievement’ but the Cobblers boss also expressed his frustration after they were unable to take all three points from their encounter with Yeovil Town on Saturday.

Harry Cornick headed Yeovil ahead on just six minutes but Northampton recovered from a slack start to wrestle control and level through Nicky Adams on 35 minutes.

The League Two champions created further chances in the remainder of the first-half but their wastefulness in front of goal prevented them from coming away with more.

Nevertheless, the results is Northampton’s 22nd consecutive game unbeaten which breaks the previous club record set in 1986/87.

“We’re a bit disappointed not to have won,” said Wilder afterwards. “I didn’t think we started well even though I thought it was a real poor decision for the first goal because there’s two people stood behind Josh (Lelan).

“But they’ve reacted quicker than we have and the goal gave them a bit of a boost, but after a disappointing first 20 to 25 minutes, we should have been about four up at half-time with the amount of chances we’ve created.

“The second half was even and there were a few tired legs out there from both sides but we’ve broken a club record which is a fantastic achievement.

“It’s an outstanding effort and when you’re there at the top as champions, you’re there to be shot at and we were today.

“The opposition were stubborn and they mirror the manager’s attitude and we understood that but we’re a touch disappointed not to have won.”

Wilder couldn’t explain his side’s slack start when they were outplayed by a well-drilled Yeovil outfit, instead venting his frustration at the decision not to rule out Cornick’s goal for offside.

He added: “That’s how it is and that’s sport. We didn’t get out of the blocks which is not like us and we fell a goal behind but I don’t understand why the linesman didn’t make a decision.

“We practise squeezing out and that’s an art but we’ve been punished for that.

“We recovered after the first 20 or so minutes and then we had chance after chance and we should have been three or four goals up.

“But if you don’t put teams to bed then there’s always an opportunity and they’re dangerous opponents and I think that was the game in a nutshell.”