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Feb 28, 2015
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Northampton manager Chris Wilder urged his side to replicate the consistency of high-flying Shrewsbury after their shock 2-1 victory.

Wilder's side impressively overcame the absence of injured top scorer Marc Richards to shock Micky Mellon's promotion contenders.

Goals from Chris Hackett and Joel Byrom gave Northampton a clear lead which proved just enough to see them home despite Mickey Demetriou heading a late consolation for Shrewsbury.

"I think we're full value for our win and we need to show the consistency of what Micky and Shrewsbury Town have shown all season if we want to keep going," said Wilder.

"It's no good coming here and getting a result then not getting a result next Tuesday and next Saturday. We've got some big tests coming up. We've got Portsmouth who are bang in form and winning and Plymouth who are as well.

"We have to make sure we keep the feet on the ground and keep going."

Wilder was delighted with his team's display as they ended Shrewsbury's proud unbeaten home record.

He added: "We had to come under some intense pressure. They've got a proud home record and it's been a fantastic achievement from Micky and his players to come deep into February and still be unbeaten at home.

"But we're a dangerous side at the moment and we showed that.

"We would have been devastated if we had not got a win because I felt deep down that it was a tight game and we've had to defend with our lives late on, but generally the play between the two sides, I thought we deserved the win."

Shrewsbury created plenty of chances as they attempted to retrieve a two-goal deficit and even after Demetriou's late header, they might have salvaged a point but Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro planted a stoppage time header narrowly wide.

"I think you've got to give Northampton credit for their first-half performance," said Mellon, whose side remain second in the League Two table.

"We'll always try and be as honest as we can. It took us too long to get going. We gave away two goals and gave ourselves too much to do.

"They will always fight and battle away but on the day it's been too late and when the chances have come along we haven't taken them. It was a poor first-half display from us, we know that."

As for tasting defeat at home in the league as Shrewsbury manager for the first time, Mellon, who was appointed last season, said: "It's disappointing to lose at any stage. Getting beat at home, yes, is disappointing at any stage and the lads will be, but like we always do we quickly move on and thankfully we've got a game on Tuesday."
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