Sampson salutes impressive Cobblers

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Northampton manager Ian Sampson hailed his in-form side for giving him the ideal start to 2010 after they strolled to a 2-0 win over promotion-chasing Bournemouth at Dean Court.

Town, who are now unbeaten in five games in League Two, were second favourites for the tie at kick-off, but early goals from Luke Guttridge and Ryan Gilligan gave them the win.

"That is the perfect way to start the new year. We were fantastic," said Sampson. "This is not an easy place to come but I thought we performed excellently and played with real confidence."

He added: "We defended well as a team, especially in the second half. We made it difficult and we handled the physical threat of Steve Fletcher well.

"Ryan Gilligan has scored eight now, so we've got a goal-scoring midfielder. Our finishing looked very good but I thought we were brilliant all over the park.

"This is an important win in the context of the season - we've got momentum going now so we'll take it into the next game and the rest of the year."

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