STAGS OPPOSITION: Cobblers chief praises Mansfield manager Murray

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Northampton boss Chris Wilder is hoping the team’s momentum will carry the Cobblers to another victory against fellow high-flyers Mansfield Town at Sixfields on Saturday.

Wilder is promising to go on the attack against the sixth-placed Stags, knowing a win could take his team into the top two in Sky Bet League Two.

The fifth-placed Cobblers go into the game on the back of last weekend’s 2-1 FA Cup win at Coventry City, and on a run of just one defeat in their past 11 league games.

Wilder knows Mansfield are going to pose a genuine threat to the Cobblers, but he is backing his players to rise to the challenge.

“Mansfield have done great, and I know quite a lot of their players,” said Wilder.

“I have managed their manager (Adam Murray), who was a really good player for me when I was at Oxford.

“He has got Mansfield playing decent football, and got them together.

“They have some good players and are going under the radar a bit, but they are fully deserving of the position they are in.

“They are a dangerous side, they are committed, get behind one another and have some talented footballers, so it is a big test for us.”

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