Mixed emotions for Wilder as Cobblers leave it late at York

Cobblers boss Chris Wilder says his team can play a lot better than they did at York (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
Cobblers boss Chris Wilder says his team can play a lot better than they did at York (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Chris Wilder declared himself happy with the Cobblers’ draw but accepts his team can play a lot better than they did at Bootham Crescent.

Town were indebted to a 90th-minute Marc Richards to salvage a point against the Minstermen in a 1-1 stalemate that preserves their unbeaten start to the campaign.

It was a late show from Wilder’s side and although the manager knows they were not up to the standards they have set this season, he welcomed the result against a strong York outfit.

“I’m more happy with the result than the performance but this is a difficult place to come to and they have had lots of good results here,” he said.

“I always felt we had a goal in us and we’ve brought Marc Richards to the club to produce things like that for us.

“We kept going to the end and showed good resilience; we’re disappointed with their goal because it was a free goal really and Danny (Alfei) should deal with that.

“They got up a decent head of steam kicking towards their own punters in the second half but there were still half-chances for us and we were always in it.”

Wilder was visibly furious with the yellow card Ivan Toney was given for diving midway through the first half, describing the decision as one of several made by referee Darren Handley that ‘bemused’ him.

He was also unhappy that the player was in danger of being sent off afterwards, but also that there were some vociferous complaints in the York camp about the free-kick given against Russell Penn for a foul on John-Joe O’Toole - which Richards scored.

“Ivan isn’t that type of lad and I know the referee doesn’t know that but it bemused me and there were a few decisions he made that bemused me,” he said.

“He’s a first-year referee, not that that means anything, but we were a bit confused by a few of the decisions he made.

“It was disappointing for Ivan because he’s a competitive boy and we had a decision to make (about keeping him on) because we didn’t know what we were going to get from the ref.

“They were having a moan-up about the free-kick we scored but I spoke to John-Joe and he said the boy caught him.”