Cobblers assistant manager Alan Knill felt he and manager Chris Wilder got the response they wanted after Northampton eased to a 3-0 win over Barnet in a one-sided League Two encounter at Sixfields this afternoon.
Wilder was critical of his side’s performance after the 1-0 win against Accrington Stanley on Monday but the Cobblers stepped up a gear against Barnet as goals from Sam Hoskins, Marc Richards and Ricky Holmes kept them hot on the heels of leaders Plymouth Argyle.
“We got a response and it was a much better performance,” said Knill afterwards.
“We’ve managed to train this week. The week before we couldn’t get on the grass and on the training ground but this week we’ve managed to put some things right that we thought we didn’t have last week and it was an excellent performance.
“We’re delighted today. To put ourselves where we put ourselves at the halfway stage is a great effort from the players and everybody at the club.
“Now we’re there to be shot down and today it was a really tough game because we knew all about the opposition and we had to weather certain parts.
“But once we got on the ball we felt we could exploit and hurt them.”
Knill singled out Hoskins for praise after the lively forward marked his return to the side with a well-taken fifth-minute opener, while Holmes was also influential on his first start of the season.
Knill added: “We just wanted a little bit of pace at the top of the pitch and I felt we needed to mix it up after last week and a few players looked a little tired.
“Sam’s got such great pace with his movement and he’s always sharp and bright so hopefully he can now kick on and we all know about Ricky’s ability.
“I also want to say that I thought the crowd were absolutely outstanding. There were a few grumbles which sometimes happens when expectation rises but the players are trying their best and we’ve all seen how they’ve done from the start of the season so we’re delighted with them and delighted with the result.
“It’s often difficult watching from the touchline because we’ve been three up before and it’s gone back to 3-2 so it’s very difficult to relax and watch the team.
“Some of the play you have to applaud but you’re always wary and if they get a goal the whole situation changes, so from our point of view it’s a great three points.”