Northampton Town loses to Stevenage: Chris Wilder remains defiant


It looks like Northampton Town has lost their chances to the play-offs after falling to a third league game without a win and getting defeated by the Stevenage.

The half-time was in favor for the Cobblers as Zander Diamond opens the scoring.

But not for long. Stevenage got the upperhand as Chris Whelpdale pulled his team level on 65 minutes before Simon Walton poked in a 90th-minute winner after the home side countered.

It didn’t help that Ryan Cresswell, Northampton’s defender, saw red late on for a second bookable offence.

The loss saw Northampton move seven points off a play-off place with only four games to go. Although the Cobblers are still scheduled to play champions-elect Burton and high-flying Wycombe in the final two weeks of the season.

Despite the miserable turn of events, Northampton boss Chris Wilder remains defiant and has vowed his team will fight on until the bitter end.

In a statement released to the media, Wilder said, “We have an obligation as professional footballers to ourselves, the team and the club to go and get as many points as possible between now and the end of the season and we’ll re-evaluate in the summer.”

But it’s not to say that he’s not disappointed with the result. The team needed the victory, but ended up getting killed by the equaliser.

They were given two or three opportunities to get the upper hand during the game, he said, but unfortunately failed to grab them.

While it’s sad to see Northampton Town out of the play-offs, there’s always next season for them to give it another shot.

Northampton Town’s Ricky Holmes scores against his old club


It was Northampton Town 1 and Portsmouth 0 as Northampton secured their eighth win in ten games against Portsmouth at Sixfields.

It was a goal by Ricky Holmes that led to Northampton’s victory. It was a bittersweet win, considering Holmes was a former Portsmouth winger. And his winning goal came at the end of a beautiful weaving run.

Although it was moment worth remembering for Holmes, he wasn’t given a chance to celebrate by booing supporters. After all, his move from Northampton to Portsmouth wasn’t exactly a smooth one.

Holmes wasn’t the only Cobblers player who was in his element during the game. Marc Richards, who missed their 2-1 win at Shrewsbury due to his Achilles problem, was also in a top form. In fact, he was brought to replace Lawson D’Ath 55 minutes into the game and managed to send off a shot into the net.

After Ben Chorley was sent in injury time, the Cobblers were able to hold on for the win. If it hadn’t been for the sending off, it could have been a close call in those closing minutes. Either way, it was a great game to watch.

Northampton Town’s Spirits Are Lifted After Breaking Unbeaten Home Run


The┬áNorthampton Town team is in good spirits these days. And why not? After all, they just only ended Shrewsbury’s unbeaten league run at home.

That’s right!

The Cobblers have managed to match Chelsea when they beat Shewsbury at their home ground, becoming only the second side to do so.

The team’s boss Chris Wilder said that the victory just intensified their hopes of winning promotion, especially after claiming maximum points that caused them to move to within six points of a play-off place.

The expectation level has been raised another notch, especially after winning at a team that is tipped to go up” Wilder told BBC Radio. “The players should take confidence from going to arguably one of the best sides in the league and winning.

However, Wilder said that nobody would be getting carried away since they still have Portsmouth to deal with.

There is enough experience in that changing room and staff to know that we are not going to get carried away with the performance and result” he said.

As well they should, considering that Portsmouth is also a good contender. In fact, Portsmouth boss Andy Awford’s team has managed to win four out of their last six games which includes a 6-2 victory at Cambridge United in their last away outing.

The game can go either way. And as Wilder puts it:

Portsmouth are in good nick. They had a fantastic result on Tuesday night [at home to Tranmere], coming back from 2-0 down to win 3-2, and a tough game on Saturday [goalless draw against Oxford]. By all reports possibly they shaded it and deserved to win, and they won 6-2 at Cambridge a couple of weeks ago.

Of course two great opposing teams only means exciting game. I don’t know about you, but I’ll definitely be tuning in.

Martin Foyle The New Head Of Recruitment At Northampton Town


Northampton Town has found their new head of recruitment! That’s right.┬áMartin Foyle, former Hereford United manager, has been recently appointed as the head of recruitment for the Cobblers.

This is particularly good news for Foyle as he’s been out of football after being dismissed by Conference Premier side Southport in October after just 14 games.

The 51-year-old will work side by side with Chris Wilder, manager of League Two side 2, to help the Cobblers who are currently 11th in the table.

According to Wilder, Foyle was selected not only because of his extensive experience but also his eye for a player. And his responsibility now entails identifying possible signings for the Cobblers.

Wilder was quoted as saying:

“Recruitment is a key task. It needs someone dedicated to the role full time. Martin already has a team of scouts working for him and the club in different geographical areas and they are watching a lot of players on our behalf. It seems likely short-term loans won’t be allowed in the Football League next season, and even if they are, I want to get away from us having to borrow players from other clubs unless we need to in an emergency. As manager I have the final say on who comes in, but the job of Martin and his team of scouts is to identify and recommend players for consideration and we have made an excellent appointment.”

Will Foyle be able to meet the club’s and everyone else’s expectations? Let’s hope so.