Wilder certain protest won’t affect Cobblers players

Chris Wilder is ‘100 per cent’ confident that the Cobblers fans will not allow their planned protest to affect the players at Sixfields on Saturday.

Chris Wilder
Chris Wilder

A group of disgruntled Town supporters are desperate to receive more clarity from chairman David Cardoza amid the current takeover by an Indian consortium.

A social media campaign has been set up with the hashtag #WeWantAnswers and a peaceful protest is in the offing for this weekend’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Oxford United.

Fans, backed by the Supporters Trust, are set to hold up ‘question mark’ signs with the #WeWantAnswers slogan displayed on them, signifying the wish to see questions answered by Cardoza.

But Wilder is not worried that it will affect his team, who were booed by some supporters after last Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge.

“I 100 per cent believe the support will be on our side,” Wilder said.

“They are showing their frustration and that’s their decision as supporters of their football club.

“We’ve got to make sure we give them something to shout about.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that the supporters who walk through the door on Saturday will divide the protest, if there is one, and shield that from the players.

“The fans want to win just as much as us and it’s just been coming to a situation where they’re a little bit frustrated with things not moving on as quickly as they would like.

“Sometimes the only way to show that frustration is when they pay that money to walk through the door and maybe have a little moan and groan at the team.

“If we’d have got a result last weekend we might not have allowed that to happen, but it did and we have to make sure we do better.

“Hopefully things can be resolved and they get the answers they’re after pretty soon.”