Wilder: Rivals will have to ‘go on big runs’ to catch the Cobblers

RELAXED - Cobblers boss Chris Wilder and assistant boss Alan Knill
RELAXED - Cobblers boss Chris Wilder and assistant boss Alan Knill

Chris Wilder admits he is daring to dream his Cobblers team will be lifting the Sky Bet League Two title trophy come the end of the season.

Town go into their final 12 games of the campaign in a commanding position.

They are 11 points clear of second-placed Oxford United, 19 clear of fourth-placed Accrington Stanley, with the pre-season target of promotion very much in sight.

But winning silverware also has to be very high on the agenda, and Wilder admits either Oxford or Plymouth are going to have to ‘go on a big run’ to catch them.

That big run would also have to coincide with a serious dip in form from a Cobblers team that has lost just once in their past 21 league games, and Wilder admits he doesn’t anticipate that happening.

“We have set our sights on going up, and of course we want to be the best team in the league and we are in a fantastic position, but anything can happen,” said Wilder.

“I listen to football news possibly 24/7, and you hear people say about the Premier League that Arsenal are done, and Spurs are done, that it’s Leicester’s to give away, and they are three points clear! That’s one game!

“It isn’t Leicester’s to give away at all as anything can happen, and in a week of football there could be nine points to play for.”

The Cobblers travel to 11th-placed Carlisle United on Saturday, while title rivals Plymouth Argyle and Oxford United meet each other at Home Park, and Accrington go to Wimbledon.

“Other teams have to go on great runs to catch us, and of course we have to have a dip, but I don’t see it,” said Wilder.

“I didn’t see it at Hartlepool where we ground out a great result against tough opposition, and on Tuesday (against AFC Wimbledon) it was two form sides going at it and I thought we played well.

“So I am not seeing any nervousness in our play, I’m not seeing any apprehension in our play, we are going for it and we are enjoying this situation.

“Yes, we want to go and win it, of course we do, and other teams will want to catch us, but they will have to go on big runs to do that and we would also have to drop points.

“Will we win the next 12 games? That is going to be a difficult task, because to win three games on the bounce is tough.

“We have big games coming up and we are really looking forward to it.”