League Two
Accrington1Northampton5

Accrington Stanley 1-5 Northampton Town

Marc Richards
Marc Richards' brace took his tally for the season to 15

Northampton Town played more than 50 minutes with 10 men but still managed to comprehensively beat Accrington.

The Cobblers led through Ricky Holmes, who was then fouled by Adam Buxton to allow Marc Richards to score a penalty.

The hosts had hope when Ryan Cresswell was sent off for hauling down Sean Maguire as the last man on 38 minutes.

Piero Mingoia put in the rebound after Matt Duke saved Luke Joyce's subsequent penalty, but a Lawson D'Ath brace and another from Richards sealed it.

Chris Wilder's Northampton, who were 20th in League Two at the turn of the year, are now 12th, four points above their opponents, and only seven points outside the play-off places.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Chris Wilder on Northampton v Accrington

"We've had two absolutely ridiculous games against Accrington, this season. It was a big test for us today and one we have come through.

"I'm really struggling to pick out any individual player. We've conceded two goals this month and one of those was a penalty.

"The work-rate of the team was excellent; we looked a proper solid team and I'm delighted for everybody."

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 1Macey
  • 6Winnard
  • 28Conneely
  • 25Atkinson
  • 2Buxton
  • 4Joyce
  • 24ProctorBooked at 19minsSubstituted forBarryat 45'minutes
  • 15Mingoia
  • 19Maguire
  • 11NaismithSubstituted forWindassat 67'minutes
  • 14CarverSubstituted forGrayat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Liddle
  • 7McCartan
  • 8Windass
  • 9Gray
  • 16Hunt
  • 22Dawber
  • 23Barry

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2Moloney
  • 36CresswellBooked at 38mins
  • 6Collins
  • 3Horwood
  • 10O'TooleSubstituted forDiamondat 40'minutes
  • 21Taylor
  • 25Byrom
  • 19D'AthSubstituted forHackettat 84'minutes
  • 9Richards
  • 26HolmesSubstituted forBodinat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Carter
  • 7Bodin
  • 11Hackett
  • 12Tozer
  • 13Snedker
  • 16Diamond
  • 24Toney
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
1,328

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Northampton Town 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Northampton Town 5.

Foul by Sean Maguire (Accrington Stanley).

Marc Richards (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Windass (Accrington Stanley).

Marc Richards (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Josh Windass (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town).

Robert Atkinson (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Chris Hackett replaces Lawson D'Ath.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Billy Bodin replaces Ricky Holmes.

Goal!

Goal! Accrington Stanley 1, Northampton Town 5. Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ricky Holmes.

James Gray (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Taylor (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. James Gray (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Sean Maguire (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joel Byrom (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Josh Windass replaces Kal Naismith.

Goal!

Goal! Accrington Stanley 1, Northampton Town 4. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Accrington Stanley 1, Northampton Town 3. Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Jason Taylor.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Brendon Moloney.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Joel Byrom.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Evan Horwood.

Attempt missed. Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Joel Byrom.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Zander Diamond.

Attempt missed. Sean Maguire (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from long range on the right is too high.

Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town).

Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley).

Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joel Byrom (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley).

Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Antony Barry (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Evan Horwood (Northampton Town).

Second Half

Second Half begins Accrington Stanley 1, Northampton Town 2.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury28166640182254
2Burton28166638261254
3Wycombe281411340211953
4Luton27148533201350
5Southend2814863023750
6Newport2813783633346
7Bury28135103933644
8Stevenage28125113937241
9Exeter29118103941-241
10Plymouth281171032221040
11Morecambe28108102826238
12Northampton28114134539637
13Wimbledon27107103838037
14Cambridge27106114233936
15Oxford Utd2889113236-433
16Accrington27103143648-1233
17Tranmere2779112932-330
18Portsmouth2779112833-530
19Dag & Red2886143039-930
20Carlisle2893163550-1530
21Cheltenham2879122540-1530
22York28513102733-628
23Mansfield2777132235-1328
24Hartlepool2856172249-2721
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