Northampton v Wolves reaction

After winning their opening two Premier League matches, McCarthy

changed all 11 of his players from Saturday’s success over Fulham

to take on a side 82 league places beneath them. And two goals from

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Nenad Milijas’ classy free-kick and a late Sam

Vokes strike vindicated his decision. “The games are difficult when

you play against lower-league opposition. They are always highly

motivated,” said McCarthy. “Our attitude and application was going

to decide the outcome, and I was delighted with that. “If I get

that, then we have better players than them, so we should win.

“It’s been a pleasing start. It feels better than when you’ve got

no points – and I’ve been in both situations. “So I’m pleased with

it but we are not getting carried away.” The Cobblers are tricky

customers in the cups, having beaten Roy Hodgson’s Liverpool on

penalties at Anfield last season and seen off Championship Ipswich

in the first round earlier this month. But there was to be no

repeat after Adebayo Akinfenwa squandered a gilt-edged chance to

put them ahead when he blazed over from three yards out. And Wolves

rarely looked troubled after Ebanks-Blake fired them ahead.

Debutant Jamie Reckord, who had a spell on loan with Northampton

last season, floated in a diagonal cross which Ebanks-Blake chested

down in the right-hand corner of the area before rifling his low

shot past Sam Walker and into the net. The second goal arrived with

eight minutes of the first half remaining, and a superb strike it

was too. Arron Davies fouled Adam Hammill some 25 yards out and

Milijas stepped up to curl his free-kick into the top corner as

Walker stood and admired. The plucky hosts created more chances

after the break but were picked off on the counter-attack 13

minutes from time when Michael Kightly raced to the byline and

crossed for Ebanks-Blake to plant a simple header past Walker and

into the net. And Vokes rubbed salt in the wounds with a minute to

go when he smashed Matt Doherty’s cross first time into the top

corner. “The scoreline is disappointing,” said Cobblers manager

Gary Johnson. “They have quality and a Premier League mentality but

we matched them for much of the game and could have been one or two

up. “Nobody wants to hear that when the score is 4-0. But we were

up against a good team and we will learn from it.”