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Manager's Verdict

25 March 2013

Chris Wilder on United's defeat to Northampton

Manager Chris Wilder was again left disappointed after missed opportunities in front of goal cost United as they went down 1-0 to Northampton Town on Saturday. Wilder told Yellow Player after the game: 

"We've lost two games on the bounce now, and we shouldn't have and that's the top and bottom of it. We had the lion's share of possession against two decent sides in both games, the one last week against Chesterfield and then a promotion-chasing side today in Northampton, and I would much rather be Aidy Boothroyd today, and I would rather have been Paul Cook last week because they are winning managers. And for all the plaudits we will get from opposition  managers and neutrals, who have watched the game praising the way we have played and saying that we are a decent side, we have still come away with nothing and I'm more astonished we've lost today than last week and that takes some doing."

Again United showed commitment to winning the game, but everyone was left frustrated as after another good week of training the U's couldn't find the finishing touch and left Sixfields as hurt as the fans. The manager told us that both sides deserved credit for battling against the weather:

"Both sides went for it and deserve credit for that after showing good enthusiasm and commitment, nobody pulled out of challenges and showed good bottle. We got into some fantastically good positions; Monday to Friday we practice all of that and the goals have been flying in. The players have the ability and are more than capable of changing what's been happening and they must do soon if the team are to progress. We have good and better players than what they have been showing, especially our forward players at the top of the pitch, because again we've shown fantastic control in the game for an away side against a team with a brilliant home record and for all the domination and plaudits from other managers, the supporters and us are going back home hurting."

See the full interview with Chris Wilder plus match reaction from midfielder Andy Whing and full highlights of the game in Yellow Player now. 

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