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Cheltenham Town 1-1 Northampton Town

Chris Wilder

The league's bottom club Northampton Town started life under Chris Wilder with a scrappy draw at Cheltenham Town.

Wilder left League Two rivals Oxford United last week and was unveiled at Sixfields on Monday.

He saw his side fall behind after only 90 seconds when goalkeeper Matt Duke was duped by the swirling wind and Jamie Cureton tapped in with ease.

But they earned a valuable point thanks to Matty Blair, who poked home at the far post from Leon McSweeney's cross.

Cheltenham were the better side for the majority of the game but, after their 75th-minute equaliser, the Cobblers pushed for victory, Ian Morris and Darren Carter both going close.

Northampton remain six points adrift at the foot of the table while Cheltenham slip down a place to 13th.

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Cheltenham Town assistant manager Neil Howarth told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

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Post-match: Cheltenham assistant boss Howarth

"The performance wasn't too bad. We were creating chances and passing the ball. The conditions and the pitch were unbelievably bad and we're playing a team who won't finish bottom of the league."

"They've had a lift this week with a new manager coming in and also signing players. It wasn't a good time to be playing Northampton but we certainly did enough to win.

"We've not won enough at home. We've taken the lead enough times and sometimes it's the hardest thing in the world to come back. We have been too easy to score against at home this season."

Cobblers manager Chris Wilder tells BBC Radio Northampton:

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Post-match: Northampton boss Wilder

"The players showed tremendous character in tough conditions. We were the better side in the second half and the spirit of the team was superb. It's a together squad.

"They've had a lot chucked at them in a short space of time this week, so we will get better. But there's something to work with.

"We've made a lot of changes this week. We're coaches as well as managers and we want to work with the players. I'm not expecting any more signings."

Line-ups

Cheltenham

  • 1Brown
  • 20Jombati
  • 22Braham-Barrett
  • 31LucasSubstituted forMcGlashanat 85'minutes
  • 5Brown
  • 28Ihiekwe
  • 8Deering
  • 23Roofe
  • 9HarrisonSubstituted forGornellat 85'minutes
  • 7Cureton
  • 14RichardsBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Taylor
  • 6Elliott
  • 10Gornell
  • 11McGlashan
  • 12Roberts
  • 21Vincent
  • 32Brundle

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 12TozerSubstituted forMcSweeneyat 57'minutes
  • 3Widdowson
  • 34Ravenhill
  • 6Collins
  • 27Kouo-Doumbe
  • 32Blair
  • 4CarterBooked at 62mins
  • 25German
  • 18ConnellSubstituted forSinclairat 57'minutes
  • 8Morris

Substitutes

  • 2McSweeney
  • 7Sinclair
  • 10O'Donovan
  • 13Snedker
  • 17Deegan
  • 23McGinty
  • 24Toney
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
2,707

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Northampton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Northampton Town 1.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Troy Brown.

Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matthew Richards (Cheltenham Town).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Michael Ihiekwe.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Terry Gornell replaces Byron Harrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jermaine McGlashan replaces Lee Lucas.

Attempt missed. Matthew Richards (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).

Goal!

Goal! Cheltenham Town 1, Northampton Town 1. Matty Blair (Northampton Town) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Leon McSweeney.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Troy Brown.

Lee Collins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt missed. Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

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

Foul by Kemar Roofe (Cheltenham Town).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Craig Braham-Barrett.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Scott Brown.

Attempt saved. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Lee Collins.

Booking

Darren Carter (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Kemar Roofe (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Sam Deering (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Leon McSweeney replaces Ben Tozer.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Emile Sinclair replaces Alan Connell.

Attempt saved. Jamie Cureton (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Hand ball by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Lee Collins.

Attempt missed. Jamie Cureton (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Sam Deering.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Troy Brown.

Second Half

Second Half begins Cheltenham Town 1, Northampton Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Northampton Town 0.

Foul by Kemar Roofe (Cheltenham Town).

Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).

Lee Collins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chesterfield29159547262154
2Scunthorpe291312441271451
3Oxford Utd281310538221649
4Fleetwood281531045331248
5Southend28138735231247
6Rochdale2814594334947
7Burton2813873228447
8Newport2610973530539
9Dag & Red29109103736139
10Wimbledon29108113233-138
11Morecambe28108103337-438
12Plymouth2899102531-636
13York30811113437-335
14Cheltenham2881193539-435
15Hartlepool2998123035-535
16Exeter2897123337-434
17Accrington2788113238-632
18Portsmouth29711113342-932
19Mansfield29711113039-932
20Bury27710103134-331
21Bristol Rovers2879122631-530
22Wycombe2878133238-629
23Torquay2878132841-1329
24Northampton2758142137-1623
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