Chris Wilder has expressed his admiration for the way his side have remained modest and continued to ‘get the job done’ in their unwavering pursuit of the League Two title this season while rivals clubs ‘do a lot of talking’ without producing the goods.
The likes of Plymouth Argyle, Oxford United and Portsmouth have all threatened to string together a run of results and put pressure on the league leaders in recent months but not one has been able to match Northampton for consistency, leaving Wilder’s men almost playing in a league of their own.
The Cobblers now hold a mammoth 13 point lead over second place with a game in hand, meaning eight points from their remaining eight games would guarantee promotion, with one more needed for the title.
“We look at that TV every week, especially at home, and it comes in and there’s big clubs in this division that get beat,” said Wilder.
“There’s big clubs that drop big points. A lot of talking goes on but they don’t produce.
“A lot of ‘they’re going to do this, they’re going to do that’ and then they don’t do it.
“We don’t say anything, we just get on with it and get the job done.
“We keep the ball out of the net, try and stick the ball in the other net and try and play a little bit of football in between.
“I’ve never seen a bad win. Every win for me is a fantastic win and a big three points.”
Wilder also feels he’s the only person who should get frustrated by any below-par performances from his side, such as the one against Newport on Friday, due to the ‘unbelievable situation’ they’ve put themselves in.
There were a few moans and groans from the Sixfields crowd during Northampton’s 1-0 win on Good Friday as the Cobblers struggled to hit top gear and were fortunate to come away with the points.
But with 18 wins in the last 22, Wilder believes his team have earned the right to get away with the odd off-day.
“There was a bit of frustration in the stands because maybe they expect a little bit better,” he added.
“I expect a little bit better too but it should only be me who’s getting frustrating, no one else, because of the results and the performance that this team and this group of players have produced for this football club.
“They’ve been absolutely outstanding since day one of pre-season and that’s the reason we’re 13 points clear of everybody else with a game in hand.
“If we played like that for seven, eight or nine games, we’d expect to have issues but we haven’t and we haven’t been beaten at home since Portsmouth.
“We’re on 85 points with eight games to go. That isn’t handed to you, we’re doing something right.
“Of course we want to play better and we want to entertain but first and foremost we want to win and that’s what you’re in any sport for.
“That’s what it’s about if you want to achieve. You want to win games of football and my team want to win on Saturdays, on Tuesdays, on Friday and they want to win on Monday and they’ve done that consistently for eight months.
“We’re going to have games like Friday and we might have a couple more like that but as long as they give everything for the club.
“We’re in the middle of a special season with the points that we’ve got, the wins we’ve got and the goals we’ve scored.
“We have to look at that and I’m not going to beat my players up.”