Writer: Northampton Admin
Date:Monday August 11 2014
Northampton's 2014/15 season got underway with a home win on Saturday.
Looking for vast improvement on last seasons effort the Cobblers got off to a good start with a one-nil win over Mansfield Town at Sixfields.
Performances are, of course, wanted but first and foremost you want to get points on the board to start the season and Chris Wilder was delighted to see us do this as we won on the opening day for the first time in seven seasons.
Wilder praised Mansfield for their efforts and know that, as they did us, they will compete against teams this season.
The boss told the media after the game: 'Every manager is after the same result on the opening day to get their season up and running and we've managed to do that.
'Mansfield are going to take points off teams this season. They are always a tough team to play, especially on the first day. That was a tough first game so to get a victory is very important for us.
'It was a tight first half but we managed to get the goal to get our noses in front. Mansfield are a competitive side and you have to fight to compete with them.'
Kaid Mohamed's first half header was not only enough to send us into the break ahead that was the goal that secured us the points.
With much more attacking intent this season Wilder knows we'll score goals and also knows Marc Richards and Ivan Toney will both be disappointed that they didn't score but the 'work in progress' that we are has started well and fortunately missed effort on the day didn't cost us.
He added: 'For most of the second half we opened up and should have sewn the game up. We had chances and I'm disappointed we didn't kill them off.
'We're not the finished article but the attitude and commitment was spot on especially when we were under pressure late on. Our ball retention was disappointing, especially in the first half, but there will be a lot more to come from us.
'We've brought attacking players into the club during the summer. I know that Ivan [Toney] and Marc [Richards] will be disappointed not to get on the scoresheet but I'm sure they will soon.
'The three strikers all have a part to play, either on from the start, or coming off the bench. The build-up play was good from them, they were just missing the finish.'
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Date:Monday August 11 2014
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