Adams feels 'blessed' to be a Cobbler as Anderson hails 'amazing' Wembley experience

Paul Anderson gets his hands on the trophy.Paul Anderson gets his hands on the trophy.
Paul Anderson gets his hands on the trophy.
'What a group of lads, I just fee just blessed to be part of it.'

Nicky Adams says he feels 'blessed' to be part of the history-making Cobblers squad that earned promotion to League One through the play-offs this week.

Town equalled the record for the biggest margin of victory in a play-off final when beating Exeter City 4-0, matching Walsall’s win over Bristol City in 1988 and Preston’s thrashing of Swindon in 2015.

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They are also the only team to win a final at Wembley behind closed doors, and that all followed their feat from the semi-final when they became the first League Two side to lose a home first leg by two goals or more and still progress.

"From the way we started, I thought only one team was going to win," said Adams on Monday's final. "We started like a train, the lads were superb and they couldn't live with us and the balls in the box.

"It could have been four before half-time. Their goalkeeper has made three or four excellent saves and then in the second-half, we were relentless and that stemmed from the semi-final.

"We had a never-say-die attitude and we've made history again tonight. What a group of lads, I just feel blessed to be part of it."

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Monday was Adams' first taste of Wembley and despite being forced off with injury after 30 minutes, it will be an experience he'll forever cherish.

"It doesn't matter if no-one is in the ground, it's at Wembley, in a final, live on Sky - it doesn't get much better," he added.

"I'm over the moon. It was my boyhood dream to play here and as I said to my brother on Monday morning - Gazza, Euro 96. That's all I had in my head, memories like that and I wanted to make him proud and all my family proud. I hope I did that."

It was also a first Wembley experience for Paul Anderson, who came on as a late substitute

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He told the Melton Times: "Getting to Wembley was a dream but, deep down, if I'd not got on that pitch there'd be something niggling away at me that I'd not actually played on that pitch.

"It was amazing, obviously. It's an incredible achievement and a dream of mine to play at Wembley.

"The way my career's gone in the last couple of years I thought it was never going to happen. But I've achieved it and pretty much everything I've ever wanted out of my career now."

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