Wilder says Cobblers squad has a ‘winning DNA’

Alex Nicholls made a welcome return in the 2-1 win at Portsmouth (pictures: Sharon Lucey)
Alex Nicholls made a welcome return in the 2-1 win at Portsmouth (pictures: Sharon Lucey)

Chris Wilder was pleased to see his Cobblers side win at Portsmouth in a victory that he felt proves his squad has a ‘winning DNA’.

Town progressed to the area quarter-final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with a 2-1 win at Fratton Park secured with a first senior goal for David Moyo and Kaid Mohamed’s fourth of the season.

Portsmouth V Cobblers. NNL-140710-221124009

Portsmouth V Cobblers. NNL-140710-221124009

It was a good victory for Northampton but came at a cost, with leading Sky Bet League Two goalscorer Marc Richards leaving the game with a recurrence of his hamstring injury.

“It’s always tough here no matter what 11 they put out,” said Wilder, who made five changes to his starting 11 from the Wycombe game and gave Alex Nicholls a first start in more than two years.

“They were excellent and deserved to beat us in the league game here but I thought we deserved to win this one.

“They threw a lot at us towards the end and they were always going to but I felt comfortable, even in the last five minutes when the keeper was coming forward for things

“The DNA of the team is that we want to win and we want to be competitive and I couldn’t have asked for more from the players.

“I thought we looked a threat and we were solid at the back as well.”

Richards is likely to be out for between four and six weeks with the hamstring injury and Wilder defended his decision to play the striker at Portsmouth.

“He’s done his hamstring,” he said. “He over-stretched it in the first half and it’s disappointing for the player and for us.

“He was ready to play and wanted to play. He came through 25 minutes on Saturday and has done work since then, so he was ready.”