Northampton boss rues Pompey’s late sucker-punch

Northampton celebrate their opening goal. Picture: Joe Pepler
Northampton celebrate their opening goal. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Chris Wilder admitted he would have been happy to take a point before falling victim to Pompey’s late sucker-punch.

The Northampton Town boss saw his side pressing for the winner as the clock ticked towards the 90-minute mark, only for Ben Tollitt to lead a swift counter-attack from a corner to allow Conor Chaplin to net the winner.

We’d have taken a point and moved on – that’s not being negative.

Chris Wilder

Wilder said: ‘We’d have taken a point and moved on – that’s not being negative.

‘We had to play cautiously without over-committing because they played the conditions better than us.

‘But it’s an absolute scandal that they’ve scored from our corner.

‘We’ve not organised ourselves properly, they then broke on us and the ball has gone 100 yards and it’s in the back of the net.

‘They’ve not had to work hard for their winning goal and that was the most disappointing thing.’

Wilder saw his side create the better goalscoring chances in the second period, even though Pompey dominated the possession.

He said: ‘I thought it was a really good game of football.

‘I think we deservedly got our noses in front because we were outstanding for the first 20 minutes.

‘We had a great opportunity to score again and make it 2-0 but knowing the quality of their players on the break it was a difficult situation for us. It was a great goal for their equaliser.

‘It looked offside but it was fine margins.

‘Then the wind picked up in the second half and it was difficult for us to get out because they pressed really well and stopped the forward balls.

‘That allowed them to play high up the pitch and they were better than us for 25 minutes of the second half but then I thought we weathered the storm.

‘We hit the bar and John-Joe O’Toole should have scored and we looked as if we could have won it but while knowing all the time that one counter-attack with the pace they’ve got, can hurt you.’