Chris Wilder praised his team for keeping a vital clean sheet at Exeter City on what he felt was a ‘very good day’ for the Cobblers.
Town won 2-0 at St James’ Park with goals from Marc Richards and John-Joe O’Toole to end an eight-game losing streak away from home.
It was also the first clean sheet the team has recorded in the past seven games and Wilder was especially pleased with the defence of a team he has assembled which he is confident will always score goals.
“Exeter are a very open side, they pass the ball and chuck men forward and we didn’t have the best of starts against them,” he said.
“We got our noses in front and after that I thought we were pretty comfortable winners; we had man performances all over the pitch.
“Our central midfielders were outstanding and our two centre-backs were outstanding, we had good energy from the wide players and both our forwards got on the scoresheet.
“It was a good win because we kept a clean sheet and that is really important enough because I know we will always score goals.
“We deserved a clean sheet and it’s been a very good day for us.”
The Town starting 11 was unchanged for the first time this season and that continuity was vital to the victory, the manager felt.
“We’ve only been talking about it for the past seven months,” he said. “You need continuity with partnerships all over the pitch.
“It’s a settled team and if you look at the teams that have gone well this season then they all have settled sides.
“Players have to play well to stay in the team but it’s been ridiculous how many times I’ve had to change the side this season.”