Cobblers boss Wilder happy with draw after tiring week

Alan Connell makes his point to the referee during the 0-0 stalemate between the Cobblers and Bristol Rovers (picture: Kelly Cooper)

Alan Connell makes his point to the referee during the 0-0 stalemate between the Cobblers and Bristol Rovers (picture: Kelly Cooper)

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Chris Wilder felt his Cobblers’ players looked tired in their 0-0 draw with Bristol Rovers at Sixfields on Saturday.

The stalemate concluded Town’s run of three successive home games and closes the gap between them and league two safety to four points.

It was a game of few chances, with Rovers midfielder David Clarkson having the best one when he drew a superb reaction save from Matt Duke midway through the second half.

The draw means Northampton are now unbeaten in three and have taken seven points from those fixtures, a mark that many felt would have been an acceptable return from such a run of games.

However, the middle match, a 2-1 win over a good Southend United side on Tuesday night, took its toll on the players, according to Wilder, although he was happy with the team’s performance against Rovers.

“The players put in an unbelievable shift on Tuesday against Southend and I thought we just looked a bit jaded today,” he said. “We lacked a bit of quality in the final third and I think that was down to tiredness.

“The first goal is always important and I thought we were going to get it but we can still be pleased with our day’s work. The players have given me, the staff, the club, and the supporters everything this week with two wins and a draw.

“We’ve got a free week now and we can prepare well for next Saturday’s game.”

Wilder also confirmed after the game that striker Antonio German will now return to Gillingham following the completion of his loan spell with the club.