Chris Wilder believes the Cobblers’ Indian sign over Dagenham & Redbridge will be preying on the minds of the east London club as they prepare for their trip to Sixfields on Saturday.
In the 10 meetings the teams have had since Dagenham were promoted into the Football League in 2007, the Cobblers have incredibly won nine and drawn the other one.
That’s 28 points out of 30 for Town, with the only point the Daggers have won coming in a 2-2 draw at Sixfields in October, 2013.
Chris Wilder has managed three wins out of three against Wayne Burnett’s men during his relatively short time at the Cobblers, and although he knows that logically previous results should count for nothing, that isn’t always the case.
“There are always sequences of results, but we have got a really good record against Dagenham and we would love that to continue,” said Wilder, who was asked if he would make the players aware of such a record if he were the Dagenham boss.
“I would think about it myself, but I would try not to put it across to the players,” he said.
“It is a new set of players for them, and for us, and there are no guarantees.
“Sometimes these records have to be broken, but hopefully it’s not on Saturday!”
Many teams and managers have bogey clubs and grounds, and Wilder is no exception, but he won’t be letting on where his demons lie!
“I have to say there are places in the back of my mind where I have never had a result as a manager,” said the Cobblers boss.
“You always go into those games thinking ‘dear me, can we break that record this time?’
“So I think Dagenham will thinking that, and they have players good enough to hurt anybody in this league, so we must be wary.
“We have to make sure we take the confidence from Tuesday night (the 3-2 JPT win over Colchester United), we haven’t won a league game for a couple of weeks now, and for us to kick on we need to win on Saturday and that is what we need to do.”