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Northampton Town 1-0 Mansfield Town

Kaid Mohamed's first-half header earned Northampton Town victory over Mansfield Town at Sixfields on the opening day.

The Stags started well but it was the hosts' Lee Collins who hit the side-netting with the best early chance.

Mohamed then opened the scoring in the 26th minute, against the run of play, rising to meet Darren Carter's corner.

Northampton could have increased their lead as Carter went close twice and substitute Ivan Toney missed a clear-cut chance but the points were safe.

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

Mansfield boss Paul Cox

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Post-match: Mansfield manager Cox

"We switched off from a restart that was it.

"I thought both teams were evenly matched but we switched off from the restart and have been done 1-0. I don't think there was much in it.

"We got a bit edgy second half, We got a bit anxious but I thought we played some decent stuff but our decision making needs to be better."

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2Alfei
  • 16DiamondBooked at 28mins
  • 6Collins
  • 17Robertson
  • 11HackettSubstituted forHorwoodat 79'minutes
  • 4CarterSubstituted forMorrisat 76'minutes
  • 18Ravenhill
  • 23Mohamed
  • 9Richards
  • 10O'TooleSubstituted forToneyat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Horwood
  • 8Morris
  • 12Tozer
  • 19D'Ath
  • 20Moyo
  • 21Archer
  • 24Toney

Mansfield

  • 1Studer
  • 2SuttonBooked at 8mins
  • 4DempsterBooked at 83mins
  • 6Tafazolli
  • 7BellSubstituted forClucasat 54'minutes
  • 18Beevers
  • 16Heslop
  • 21Murray
  • 22TaylorSubstituted forClementsat 80'minutes
  • 8Fisher
  • 14PalmerSubstituted forHearnat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Riley
  • 10Hearn
  • 11Clucas
  • 12McGuire
  • 19Marsden
  • 28Clements
  • 32Bell
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
5,202

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamMansfield
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Mansfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Mansfield Town 0.
Attempt saved. Alex Fisher (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Liam Hearn (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt blocked. Liam Hearn (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Lee Collins.
Foul by Evan Horwood (Northampton Town).
Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Liam Hearn (Mansfield Town).
Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by John Dempster (Mansfield Town).
Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).
Simon Heslop (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Simon Heslop (Mansfield Town).
Attempt missed. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

John Dempster (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.
Marc Richards (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by John Dempster (Mansfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Chris Clements replaces Rob Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Evan Horwood replaces Chris Hackett.
Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Rob Taylor (Mansfield Town).
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ritchie Sutton.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ian Morris replaces Darren Carter.
Attempt missed. Adam Murray (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Attempt missed. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town).
Attempt missed. Rob Taylor (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.
Attempt saved. Alex Fisher (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Sascha Studer.
Attempt saved. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Daniel Alfei (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Lee Beevers (Mansfield Town).
Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).
Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ivan Toney replaces John-Joe O'Toole.
Attempt missed. Alex Fisher (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Liam Hearn replaces Ollie Palmer because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Samuel Clucas replaces Fergus Bell.
Attempt missed. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.
Adam Murray (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

Second Half

Second Half begins Northampton Town 1, Mansfield Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Mansfield Town 0.
Attempt missed. Rob Taylor (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt saved. Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).
Fergus Bell (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Gregor Robertson.
Foul by Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town).
Ollie Palmer (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt blocked. Fergus Bell (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Simon Heslop (Mansfield Town).
Attempt saved. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Morecambe110033
2Wycombe110023
3Burton110013
4Cambridge110013
5Cheltenham110013
6Luton110013
7Northampton110013
8Southend110013
9Stevenage110013
10Wimbledon101001
11Shrewsbury101001
12Exeter101001
13Portsmouth101001
14Tranmere101001
15York101001
16Accrington1001-10
17Bury1001-10
18Carlisle1001-10
19Hartlepool1001-10
20Mansfield1001-10
21Oxford Utd1001-10
22Plymouth1001-10
23Newport1001-20
24Dag & Red1001-30
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