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Northampton Town 2-1 Luton Town

James Gray
Northampton's James Gray scored a late winner for the League Two play-off hopefuls

Northampton came from behind to beat fellow play-off chasers Luton, who have now lost six straight league games.

Following a goalless first-half, Alex Lawless put the visitors ahead 39 seconds after the restart with a 20-yard strike into the top corner.

Ricky Holmes equalised from the spot after Michael Harriman handled.

James Gray then secured a dramatic win for the Cobblers four minutes from time when he fired the ball into the bottom corner from just outside the box.

Luton, who have suffered eight defeats in their last nine matches, drop out of the play-off places, while Northampton move up to 10th and four points behind a play-off spot.

Luton manager John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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"Very rarely do I moan about decisions, but we have so many penalties not given that look blatant, and this never was a penalty in a million years and for me it changed the game.

"We showed a little bit more again today, which I was pleased with. I think we deserved something from the game, away from home against a team that are going well.

"Some players have lost a little bit of form, but I can't fault their work rate.

"I'll go back into work again on Monday, we'll do exactly what we always do and we'll try to get it right again before Friday."

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2MoloneyBooked at 41mins
  • 6Collins
  • 36Cresswell
  • 33NeweySubstituted forCarterat 65'minutes
  • 19D'Ath
  • 21Taylor
  • 25Byrom
  • 26Holmes
  • 10O'TooleSubstituted forToneyat 65'minutes
  • 14GraySubstituted forDiamondat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Carter
  • 11Hackett
  • 16Diamond
  • 24Toney
  • 28Warburton
  • 34Clifton
  • 42Jalal

Luton

  • 16Justham
  • 22HarrimanBooked at 63mins
  • 5McNultySubstituted forLaceyat 57'minutes
  • 30Wilkinson
  • 40KinsellaBooked at 11mins
  • 4Smith
  • 8Drury
  • 26DoyleBooked at 89mins
  • 7LawlessSubstituted forMcGeehanat 83'minutes
  • 9BensonBooked at 52mins
  • 13CullenSubstituted forMillerat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Lacey
  • 19Miller
  • 21Guttridge
  • 25Stockley
  • 27Hall
  • 42Gooch
  • 50McGeehan
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
5,668

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away3
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 2, Luton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 2, Luton Town 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Zander Diamond replaces James Gray.

Booking

Nathan Doyle (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

James Gray (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Doyle (Luton Town).

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 2, Luton Town 1. James Gray (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Ryan Cresswell.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Cameron McGeehan replaces Alex Lawless.

Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) 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 top right corner.

Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Doyle (Luton Town).

Attempt missed. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Lee Collins.

Foul by James Gray (Northampton Town).

Lewis Kinsella (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Joel Byrom (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alex Lawless (Luton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Ricky Miller replaces Mark Cullen.

Attempt saved. Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt saved. James Gray (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

James Gray (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Lacey (Luton Town).

Foul by Jason Taylor (Northampton Town).

Paul Benson (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Darren Carter replaces Tom Newey.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ivan Toney replaces John-Joe O'Toole.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 1, Luton Town 1. Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Michael Harriman (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty conceded by Michael Harriman (Luton Town) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Lawless (Luton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Alex Lacey replaces Steve McNulty.

Attempt missed. Mark Cullen (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Ryan Cresswell.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton38237856322476
2Shrewsbury39228958283074
3Wycombe392014558362274
4Bury382071150371367
5Southend38171294435963
6Newport391710124542361
7Plymouth391791345281760
8Luton391610134639758
9Stevenage38169135246657
10Northampton39175175850856
11Exeter391413125253-155
12Wimbledon391411145050053
13Morecambe391311154144-350
14Portsmouth391213144444049
15Dag & Red39147184652-649
16Oxford Utd391113154046-646
17Accrington39137194765-1846
18Mansfield39129183350-1745
19Cambridge391111175253-144
20York39817144146-541
21Carlisle39125224664-1841
22Hartlepool39116223158-2739
23Tranmere39911194155-1438
24Cheltenham39813183558-2337
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