Northampton earned their first win in nine games as they beat AFC Wimbledon.

Centre-back Lee Collins opened the scoring when he poked in from Darren Carter's lofted free-kick.

The visitors doubled their lead as debutant Stuart Dallas calmly slotted past Ross Worner inside the near post.

Wimbledon's best chances fell to Michael Smith, who saw his curled effort blocked, and Harry Pell who was denied an injury-time goal through a diving save by keeper Matt Duke.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Wimbledon boss Neil Ardley tells BBC London 94.9:

Dons boss Ardley post Northampton

"I'm frustrated and disappointed by the players, I challenged them before the game and said it was one I expected them to win.

"I challenged them prior to the game, and said it's a game we should win and it would tell us a bit about what we have to do and what aspirations we should have this season.

"We knew what they would do and my staff and I prepped them on everything and I can't defend my players. It was unacceptable."

Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd tells BBC Radio Northamptonshire:

Post-match: Northampton boss Boothroyd

"We set up not to be beaten today but we knew we had enough players in the team to come here and get something.

"There's nothing in the league, we know that we've had a bad start but the last two games I've been really pleased with. We stuck at it and were really solid.

"My own disappointment is we could have had scored more goals for the opportunities we had, we could have made it more comprehensive."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (5)

AFC Wimbledon

  • 01 Worner
  • 02 Fuller
  • 05 Frampton (Fenlon - 45' )
  • 06 Bennett
  • 03 Kennedy (Midson - 60' )
  • 11 Moore
  • 08 Moore Booked
  • 12 Pell
  • 07 Francomb (Arthur - 48' )
  • 21 Porter Booked
  • 09 Smith

Substitutes

  • 10 Midson
  • 30 Beere
  • 15 Fenlon
  • 04 Sweeney
  • 22 Brown
  • 24 Weston
  • 19 Arthur

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 02 Amankwaah Booked
  • 27 Kouo-Doumbe
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 06 Collins Booked
  • 18 Reid Booked
  • 04 Carter
  • 08 Morris
  • 11 Hackett Booked (Dallas - 57' )
  • 17 Deegan
  • 10 O'Donovan Booked (Toney - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 19 Emerton
  • 26 Harriott
  • 29 Dallas
  • 12 Tozer
  • 21 McNamara
  • 24 Toney
  • 07 Demontagnac
Ref: Andy D'Urso
Att: 4,222

Match Stats

Shots

8 7

On target

4 2

Corners

8 1

Fouls

5 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, AFC Wimbledon 0, Northampton Town 2.

90:00 +5:48 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 0, Northampton Town 2.

90:00 +5:12

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Paul Reid.

90:00 +2:34

George Porter (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:34

Foul by Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town).

90:00 +0:15

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

89:20

Michael Smith (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:20

Foul by Lee Collins (Northampton Town).

89:14 Booking

Booking Lee Collins (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

87:42

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Kevin Amankwaah.

82:15

Attempt saved. George Porter (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

81:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Ivan Toney replaces Roy O'Donovan.

80:53

Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

78:42 Booking

Booking George Porter (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

78:26

Foul by George Porter (AFC Wimbledon).

78:26

Stuart Dallas (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:30

Foul by Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon).

76:30

Darren Carter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! AFC Wimbledon 0, Northampton Town 2. Stuart Dallas (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

71:02

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

68:42

Attempt missed. Ian Morris (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

66:05 Booking

Booking Kevin Amankwaah (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

63:17

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Joe Widdowson.

59:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Jack Midson replaces Callum Kennedy.

58:49

Attempt missed. Michael Smith (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

56:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Stuart Dallas replaces Chris Hackett.

49:39

Attempt missed. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

49:13 Booking

Booking Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

47:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Chris Arthur replaces George Francomb.

47:30 Booking

Booking Roy O'Donovan (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

47:26

Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:26

Foul by Roy O'Donovan (Northampton Town).

45:00

Second Half begins AFC Wimbledon 0, Northampton Town 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Jim Fenlon replaces Andrew Frampton.

45:00 +2:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 0, Northampton Town 1.

45:00 +1:32

Attempt missed. Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

43:28 Booking

Booking Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

42:24

Foul by Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon).

42:24

Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:36

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Paul Reid.

35:54

Alan Bennett (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:54

Foul by Ian Morris (Northampton Town).

33:14

Attempt saved. Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

31:24

George Porter (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:24

Foul by Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town).

28:53

Foul by Michael Smith (AFC Wimbledon).

28:53

Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:48

Attempt saved. Michael Smith (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

27:07

Harry Pell (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:07

Foul by Roy O'Donovan (Northampton Town).

23:35

Attempt missed. Callum Kennedy (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

22:44

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Joe Widdowson.

20:38

Attempt missed. Ian Morris (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

19:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! AFC Wimbledon 0, Northampton Town 1. Lee Collins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

17:48

Foul by Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon).

17:48

Darren Carter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:07

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Callum Kennedy.

15:52

Attempt blocked. Roy O'Donovan (Northampton Town) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is blocked.

12:23 Booking

Booking Paul Reid (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

12:01

George Porter (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:01

Foul by Paul Reid (Northampton Town).

10:34

Attempt saved. George Porter (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

9:17

Harry Pell (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:17

Foul by Ian Morris (Northampton Town).

5:32

Attempt missed. Michael Smith (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

1:36

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Kevin Amankwaah.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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