Livid Wilder talks of a player cull at Sixfields

Chris Wilder shows his anger during the Cobblers' defeat to Plymouth at Sixfields (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)
Chris Wilder shows his anger during the Cobblers' defeat to Plymouth at Sixfields (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)
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Chris Wilder said he was the most furious he has been as a manager during the opening minutes of the Cobblers’ defeat to Plymouth - and has talked about a player cull at Sixfields.

Town were beaten 3-2 at Sixfields to record their fifth defeat in six games and the manager also confirmed the players will be in for training at 8am on Sunday

Northampton Town v Plymouth Argyle at Sixfields. NNL-141213-160350009

Northampton Town v Plymouth Argyle at Sixfields. NNL-141213-160350009

Plymouth’s opening goal came when Peter Hartley ran in unmarked to head in after just four minutes and the nature of that goal had Wilder seething.

“We wanted to get off to a positive start and played an attacking team,” he said. “The first goal is always so important in games and we gifted it to them.

“It was nothing intricate from their point of view, it was a free header from someone who is a defender and doesn’t want to be aggressive and do the role of a defender.

“I understand people bawling at me asking what we do during the week and we do set-pieces and then in the game we haven’t got the mental strength to do it.

“I’ve never been more furious than I was in the first five or 10 minutes and I’ve managed in over 500 games.

“I brought players into this football club and not all of them have worked. You get judged by your signings.

“I think there’s players here that need to be moved on. The only way you can do that is when contracts expire.”

The afternoon got off to a bad one for Wilder, with the club’s medical team confirming to him that defender Ryan Cresswell was not fit to play despite being named on the team sheet.

Kelvin Langmead was forced into action as a result and although he was prepared to play, it is a situation that will lead to further action.

“Ryan declared himself fit on Friday and then I was told at 2pm through the physio that there was a problem with him, so that’s a situation I need to deal with,” he said.

“To let a manager know that at 2pm can’t continue and it’s not good enough for myself, for the player and for everybody connected with the club.”