Wilder admits the pressure is on after Tranmere loss

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD - Cobblers boss Chris Wilder and assistant Alan Knill watch their team slump to their fifth defeat in a row at Tranmere (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD - Cobblers boss Chris Wilder and assistant Alan Knill watch their team slump to their fifth defeat in a row at Tranmere (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

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Chris Wilder admits he is under pressure after the Cobblers suffered a fifth straight defeat, at the hands of Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.

Northampton are now 20th in Sky Bet League Two and just two points clear of the relegation places after a 2-1 defeat in which Marc Richards scored his 12th goal of the season.

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It is a terrible run of form and one which has seen the team crash from the edges of the automatic promotion picture to the depths of the division.

Wilder has never been sacked in any of his previous managerial positions and is fighting ‘tooth and nail’ to ensure that does not happen at Sixfields.

“I put myself under pressure and understand that there will be pressure on me, you can’t get away from that fact,” he said.

“I’ve never had a dismissal on my CV, I don’t want that. Some managers will say it will always happen and some will say that the only way they make money is by getting paid up.

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“I don’t want that on me and I’m fighting tooth and nail to treat the players the right way and get the right formation and team selection out of them that will get us results.

“We’re trying everything but ultimately we’ve lost five games and of course I understand the nature of the sport that we’re in.”

The Cobblers played well for large parts of the game at Tranmere, but such factors are no comfort for a team which was again on the wrong end of a defeat.

Wilder felt they should have taken something from the contest with two chances, which were both missed.

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“We were well in the game for the majority of the match but we had two missed opportunities when we had to score,” he said.

“Emile Sinclair and Danny Alfei have to score but it’s another loss and nobody at the club can have inflated views on ourselves because we are losing footballers and we are a team at the bottom of the league.”