Wilder urges free-scoring Cobblers to keep playing with ‘the handbrake off’

AIMING HIGH - Cobblers boss Chris Wilder saw his team ease past York City on Saturday (Picture: Sharon Lucey)
AIMING HIGH - Cobblers boss Chris Wilder saw his team ease past York City on Saturday (Picture: Sharon Lucey)

Chris Wilder will tell his Cobblers team to play with ‘the handbrake off’ in the final 14 games of the season as they maintain a push for a place in the Sky Bet League Two play-offs.

Town are eight points off the top seven after Saturday’s 3-0 win over York and although reaching the play-offs seems unlikely they are in good form, having won six of their past eight games.

They are also the leading goalscorers in the division, with 51 goals in their 32 games so far and have the leading league two scorer in Marc Richards in their side.

Wilder is relishing the prospect of the games to come and wants his team to play with an attacking approach that has suited them well in their superb start to 2015.

“We’ve got exciting players at the top end of the pitch and we’re the highest scorers in the league,” he said.

“I want us to back that up with a real positive vibe for the players and get the place rocking in our next home games.

“We’ve got some fantastic games coming up between now and the end of the season - we play Portsmouth here next week, we’ve got Luton to come, and I want us to take the handbrake off.

“I want us to get on the front foot like we have been doing and I want us to entertain and win games.”

One source of approval for Wilder is the reaction from the Cobblers supporters, who he feels recognise the positive direction in which the team is currently moving.

“It’s all about where we are on May 2 but we want to keep our season alive and keep going for as long as possible,” he said.

“We want to have something to play for and I think the supporters can see what we’re trying to do and the way we’re trying to play.

“We’ve dropped five points at Hartlepool and Mansfield but we’ve bounced back well today and got those disappointments out of our system.

“That’s six wins in eight games and we’re playing how we want to now.”

Meanwhile, the Cobblers have announced that physio Stuart Barker has left the club.

A club statement read: “Northampton Town physio Stuart Barker has left Sixfields to move on to pastures new.

All of us at Sixfields would like to thank Stuart for his work over the years and wish him well for the future.”

Academy physio Anders Braastad will now be working with the first team.