D’Ath pays tribute to creativity of Cobblers striker Richards

POINT SAVER - Cobblers scorer Lawson D'Ath leaves the field after being substituted late on in the 1-1 draw with Southend United (Picture: Sharon Lucey)
POINT SAVER - Cobblers scorer Lawson D'Ath leaves the field after being substituted late on in the 1-1 draw with Southend United (Picture: Sharon Lucey)

Lawson D’Ath paid tribute to the creative qualities of Marc Richards for assisting him in scoring his fifth goal of the season.

Richards, who is the Cobblers’ leading goalscorer for the campaign with 12, provided the cross from which D’Ath headed in the equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Southend on Saturday.

D’Ath had previously scored with a ‘rare’ header in the Capital One Cup first-round win at Wolverhampton Wanderers but the player is reluctant to count that as a true headed goal.

“It was an outstanding ball and it shows you how good it was that I scored from it and I’m one of the smallest players on the pitch,” he said.

“I don’t get a lot of headers and I was just delighted to get a goal really. I scored a header at Wolves but I don’t think I can claim that as an intentional header really.”

D’Ath was recalled to the side after a couple of shorter appearances following an ankle injury and acquitted himself well as part of a three-man attacking midfield line with John-Joe O’Toole and debutant Ricky Holmes.

The former Reading man is confident the team has now turned a corner and can look forward to a more productive 2015 and one in which they pull themselves away from trouble.

“I thought the character shown by the lads on Saturday was fantastic,” he said. “We haven’t been on the greatest of runs so to come back from a goal down shows character and hopefully we can kick on for the rest of the season.

“Now we need to push on. Every game is important now and we need to start getting the results to climb up the table.”