Boss Wilder: Shot-shy Cobblers need to score 30 more goals next season

BIG MISS - Chris Wilder says the Cobblers never replaced the guaranteed goals of Adebayo Akinfenwa
BIG MISS - Chris Wilder says the Cobblers never replaced the guaranteed goals of Adebayo Akinfenwa

Chris Wilder says the Cobblers need to score 30 more goals than they did this season if they are to enjoy a successful 2014/15 campaign.

Town were the joint-lowest scorers in Sky Bet League Two this year, scoring just 42 goals in 46 games, the same number as rock-bottom Torquay.

Their leading goalscorer was a midfield player, Darren Carter, who scored five, with three of them coming from the penalty spot.

Although Northampton scored three times in each of their final two games of the season, they only registered that number in a game on one other occasion - against Newport County back in August.

Wilder acknowledges the lack of goals as the main deficiency that needs to be amended in the off-season, and is confident he can bring in the necessary players to solve the problem.

“We need to have plans and we need to have different options for different games,” said the Cobblers boss, who wants to bring in two new centre-forwards.

“The strikers we’ve got can do different jobs for us, David Moyo can play wide and Emile Sinclair can play wide on either side, he has done that for us already.

“It’s important that we get the balance right but the most important thing is that those guys at the top of the pitch can score goals.

“One of the problems the club has had is that with Bayo (Adebayo Akinfenwa) you were guaranteed 15-20 goals a season and that changes the team from being an average one to one that can challenge for promotion and the play-offs.

“We only scored 42 this season and so we need another 30 goals from somewhere.

“You always look for under 45 (against) and 65-70 and above at the other end.

“We feel we can keep clean sheets but we definitely need to be more clinical at the top end of the pitch and I’m sure we can do that if we bring our targets in.”