Cobblers boss Chris Wilder toasted his players’ ability to triumph amid adversity as they secured a dramatic Capital One Cup upset at Wolves.
Town led 2-0 through goals from Lawson D’Ath and Ivan Toney but were pegged back to 2-2 when Nouha Dicko and Sam Ricketts scored, with all four goals coming in the space of eight breathless second-half minutes.
With the home side having all the momentum at that stage, it looked like they would go on and win the game to secure their place in Wednesday night’s second-round draw.
But it was the league two side who scored again, with D’Ath’s header - which he later admitted was a meant to be a downward effort - sealing a 3-2 win and a famous victory.
“We had to ride our luck at times - their manager will be a touch disappointed because they’ve a had a few chances and got back into the game - but it was a fantastic result for us,” said Wilder, whose side have now recorded back-to-back wins to start the season..
“They’ve got great firepower coming off the bench, we knew all about that because we saw them on Sunday, but I’m really pleased for the supporters because they’ve had a really good night tonight.
“That’s what cup ties are all about, if you don’t give in and you keep going to the end then you never know, you might just get something out of it.
“I think when it went to 2-2 a lot of people will have thought Wolves would go on to win the game but what I’ve always talked about is that we’ve got to be resilient if we’re going to have a decent season.
“When things go against us I want to see what the players are all about and tonight they’ve answered in the best possible way.
“We had to defend with our lives at times but we were always a threat on the counter and we played well going forward. We showed what we were all about and caused them problems.”