Chris Wilder is ready to prove Northampton Town's doubters wrong after they climbed to within three points of safety with a 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley.

Chris Hackett scored the winner in a must-win match to see off Stanley and boost the Cobblers fight for survival - although they remain in the bottom two.

There are five games left to play and Wilder is targeting big performances like the Accrington one in every match.

"There are going to be a lot of twists and turns and I am sure people have written Northampton off," said Wilder.

"Hopefully we can use this fact to our advantage as we have got to use anything we can to our benefit.

"We deserved the win over Accrington and, before the game, I said we had to find a way to win and we did.

"We scored early on and then it was a long time to hold on. It was important we scored the first goal as, in the past, we have conceded first and you could see we have drained.

"But, in this game, we gave ourselves something to hang onto and fight for and we could have had more goals but we were also blocking efforts and tackles at the end. We did what we had to do - and it was a committed performance.

"We need big results and big performances in the final five games and, with this result, we have dragged others back into it."

Stanley pressed without finding an end product with striker James Gray the closest when he had goalkeeper Matt Duke beaten but his shot sailed just wide of the far post.

Marquis came close for the visitors while Duke pulled off a superb save to deny Kayode Odejayi in injury time as Northampton held on for a precious win.

Stanley boss James Beattie was disappointed with his side's show - although they are still six points clear of the drop zone.

"We haven't put in a performance like that in many games over the last few months," said Beattie. "We are disappointed but we have made remarkable progress this season, after not winning our first 12 league games.

"We are six points clear of the bottom two and we have to put this game out of our heads and go again.

"We weren't at the races and we looked leggy. We made the wrong decisions and were getting frustrated. Things just didn't fall for us but now we have got to put it right in our next game."