Sampson hails rampant Cobblers

Ian Sampson classed last night's rampant win over Accrington Stanley as the best since he took charge of Northampton Town.

But the Cobblers manager has warned his players he does not expect this to be the last great performance of the current campaign.

Billy McKay scored twice to go with strikes for Adebayo Akinfenwa and Luke Guttridge in a glittering 4-0 win over a Stanley side who simply did not turn up.

It might have been more too, with visiting keeper Dean Bouzanis denying Stephen O'Flynn from point-blank range and making a fine double-save from Liam Davis in the final 10 minutes.

Stanley only had one shot on target in the 90 minutes as the Town defence again held firm to record another shut-out.

All of which led Sampson to the verdict that this was the most complete performance his side has produced under his guidance.

"I think in terms of the way we kept hold of the ball and kept possession and the goals we got, it was the best performance since I've been here," said the boss, who was named manager of the month for January and who was made a flying start to February.

"How we played against Macclesfield was close and even the Chesterfield game I thought we did okay but didn't have any end product.

"In terms of a complete performance and everyone doing a job then that probably was the one but I want more than one."

Full story in Wednesday's Chronicle & Echo