500-up Richards admits he wasn’t at his best in win over Morecambe

GOAL MACHINE - Marc Richards celebrates scoring his 16th goal of the season (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
GOAL MACHINE - Marc Richards celebrates scoring his 16th goal of the season (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Marc Richards felt he did not play well in the Cobblers’ win over Morecambe but said his long-standing hip injury was not a contributory factor to that.

On his 500th senior appearance, Richards scored his 16th goal of the season in the 2-1 victory, a fifth win on the bounce for Northampton and one which moves them to within five points of the Sky Bet League Two play-offs.

But the 32-year-old, who is the leading goalscorer in the division by a margin of three goals, did not feel it was his best performance.

“It was one of those games and I suppose you can’t have it your own way every week,” he said. “We’ve been on a good run and we need to keep that momentum going.

“The games start to come thick and fast now, we have a game on Tuesday and we’ve got a good squad so maybe that will come into it.

“I’ve had this hip problem for a while and it flares up every now and then.

“With the pitches being hard and us training on Astroturf, that hasn’t helped at all.

“It’s about managing it and I don’t think it affected me in the game. I don’t feel like I had the best of games but I managed to score.”

Richards missed a penalty on Saturday but his goal was a true poacher’s effort, a confident finish from eight yards after Evan Horwood’s scuffed shot had ran across the goal and to the back post.

“Evan is trying to make out that it was more of a cross than a shot,” said Richards.

“I think he’s done a 360-degree run around the ball to make sure it’s on his left foot.

“But he’s got around the box, which is where the gaffer wants him to be when we’re attacking.

“He’s put it into that area and then it’s up to me to get on the end of it.”