Chris Wilder said he felt like a ‘caged tiger’ as he watched the Cobblers end their four-game losing run from the Sixfields police control box.
Wilder served the first of a two-game touchline suspension from the box in the south-west corner of the ground, with assistant manager Alan Knill (pictured) and goalkeeping coach Carl Muggleton on technical area duty.
His team did well in his absence, with Kaid Mohamed and a first Northampton goal in more than two years for Alex Nicholls cementing a 2-0 victory which puts them 15th in Sky Bet League Two, four points outside the play-off places.
But the manager hated every minute of being away from his players and said: “It was horrible up there. But I’m sure the other people in that box have come away with some stories to tell their pals at the pub.
“I was like a caged tiger up there and I banged my head against the window a few times. I made 37 calls to the bench this afternoon so I think the chairman will be having a look at my phone bill wondering what happened.
“It’s difficult up there, you don’t like being away as you work all week as a team. But Alan (Knill) is an experienced manager and Carl Muggleton’s been involved in the game long enough.
“We just had to make sure that we restricted them to very few efforts and we did that but it’s difficult when you haven’t won for four or five games.”
Wilder admitted his team did not put in a ‘vintage performance’ but instead it was one built on a good all-round team display, particularly in defence, where former striker Adebayo Akinfenwa and his strike partner Matt Tubbs were kept very quiet.
“It’s a win, we needed a win and I’m delighted for everybody. The support that we’ve had over this little period has been great.
“We needed to get over the line, it wasn’t a vintage performance but we know we’ll play better and the squad will get a lot stronger. Today was just about getting over the finishing line and getting those three points.
“We thought about the shape of the team and with Bayo coming back we’ve kept him very quiet.”