Draw double pleases Wilder as he claims points won are ‘vital’

VITAL POINT - John-Joe O'Toole's goal secured a 1-1 draw for the Cobblers against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night
VITAL POINT - John-Joe O'Toole's goal secured a 1-1 draw for the Cobblers against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night

Boss Chris Wilder has declared himself delighted with the ‘vital’ two points his Cobblers team have picked up in the draws with Hartlepool United and AFC Wimbledon.

Town may have dropped four points out of the last six available to them, but seeing as those results came off the back of a 10-match winning streak Wilder isn’t going to lose much sleep over it.

Indeed, with the Cobblers 11 points clear at the top, and with their title and promotion rivals all facing fixtures against each other over the final games of the campaign, the Cobblers boss is as confident as ever.

This weekend alone, while Town are at Carlisle United, second-placed Oxford United go to third-placed Plymouth Argyle, and fourth-placed Accrington Stanley go to AFC Wimbledon, who were so impressive at Sixfields on Tuesday.

It means some rivals - if not all of them - will be dropping points this weekend, and it is a pattern that will continue between now and the final day of the season on May 7.

“The boys are enjoying their football, they have been enjoying playing for the football club, and they have been on a special run,” said Wilder.

“To win 10 games of football on the spin at any level is an outstanding achievement, but that has gone now.

“Since then we have had two draws, but I think we have picked up two important points. The points are vital, and we have stretched our lead on Tuesday night.

“You look at the teams in and around us, and only one of the top six or seven (Oxford) won, everybody else didn’t get maximum points, and that is how it is going to be between now and the end of the season.”

And the Cobblers boss added: “You look at the fixtures, and we all do, let’s not get away from that.

“Our focus as staff has to be the next game, but we do take a step back and look at some of the games coming up, and you have Accrington who have to go to Wimbledon on Saturday.

“Look at the way Wimbledon are going at it, and Accrington are going well, then Portsmouth play Accrington next week, Oxford play Plymouth, and they are all going to cut their own throats, which I am quite happy about!

“I don’t see a team sticking 10 wins on the bounce together between now and the end of the season.

“We have Cambridge coming up who fancy getting in the play-offs, we have Carlisle on Saturday, and then even down to the likes of Luton who will be thinking if they can stick another couple of wins, they will have a chance and all of these teams have to play each other.

“There are tough games coming up for everybody, and we have them, but so does everybody else.”