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Wilder hails perfect showing

Northampton boss Chris Wilder got everything he wanted after a 3-0 victory over Dagenham moved them out of the bottom two.

Ivan Toney's first-half brace and a sensational volley from Ian Morris secured a vital three points for the Cobblers, who are three points clear of the two sides below them ahead of a meeting with Wilder's old side Oxford.

Wilder said: "We couldn't have asked for any more really - three quality goals, a great start for us, fantastic support and we just wanted to make sure controlled our result, and we've done that."

Toney opened the scoring with his goal for Northampton in the eighth minute, the 18-year-old expertly heading home an Ian Morris cross.

Talking about the teenager, Wilder said: "He gave us a spark last week and he deserved to play regardless of his age, and him and John (Marquis) were two young boys at the top of the pitch which was quite a big call for us to make - but they deserved to play and they set us off on the front foot.

"He'll get all the headlines, and deservedly so, because his performance and his goals were exceptional. He'll get all the plaudits when his career goes on and on, but you know the job's not done. I'm not trying to be negative about anything, we've done the job here and we've got to make sure that we don't fall short next week."

Just four minutes after Toney's opener, Northampton's advantage was doubled. Morris lashed home a spectacular volley from 25 yards after Dagenham failed to clear a Chris Hackett corner.

And Toney doubled his tally for the afternoon five minutes before the break with a quite exquisite finish. Darren Carter's corner was half cleared by Brian Saah to Toney, who deftly controlled the ball and hit an unstoppable overhead kick beyond the reach of Dagenham goalkeeper Jordan Seabright.