Byrom hails the character of 10-man Cobblers as Stanley are swept aside

IN IT TOGETHER - the Cobblers players and manager Chris Wilder congratulate each other after Saturday's win at Accrington (Picture: Sharon Lucey)
IN IT TOGETHER - the Cobblers players and manager Chris Wilder congratulate each other after Saturday's win at Accrington (Picture: Sharon Lucey)

Joel Byrom believes the nature of the Cobblers’ victory at Accrington proves the strength of character within the current squad.

Town won 5-1 at the Crown Ground, where Byrom started his career, despite only having 10 men for more than 50 minutes after Ryan Cresswell was sent off.

Marc Richards and Lawson d’Ath both scored twice and Ricky Holmes was also on target on a memorable afternoon for the team.

And Byrom felt the way the side performed in the second half was a perfect illustration of the spirit currently coursing through the camp.

“That just shows what our group is about and how much character we’ve got,” he said.

“We went in at half-time up against it and we’ve come out and been brilliant in the second half.

“The third goal was always going to be important. We knew we had to stay organised and stay tight at the back but we still had goals in us.

“If you look at our front three we had in the second half and the two lads who came off the bench (Bodin and Hackett), they’re exciting players and always create chances.”

Byrom has cemented his place in central midfield alongside Jason Taylor, who has been ever present since he signed from Cheltenham in the first week of the transfer window and who has made a big impact on the balance of the team.

The settled midfield unit, Byrom feels, is a key reason behind the strong recent form as the team looks to recover from a very poor run of form prior to the new year.

“We took a backward step in December and because of that we’re playing catch-up,” he said.

“But now we’ve got four wins on the bounce and we’re looking forward to every week. A settled team is massive and that hurt us earlier in the season when we were chopping and changing.

“Hopefully we can maintain that and we can keep this run going.”