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AFC Wimbledon 2-2 Northampton Town

James Gray (Northampton Town)
James Gray scored twice in the space of three minutes to rescue a point for the Cobblers at Kingsmeadow

Northampton Town kept their League Two play-off hopes alive as they came from two goals down to draw at Wimbledon.

After a goalless first half, the Dons scored twice in as many minutes through Sean Rigg's unmarked header followed by Jake Reeves' powerful shot into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

But Northampton got a lifeline, Ricky Holmes cutting back from the byline for James Gray to net from close range.

Gray then headed in Brendan Maloney's free-kick just three minutes later.

The Cobblers drop a place to 11th, still within four points of seventh-placed Plymouth, and still three points ahead of 12th-placed Wimbledon.

AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley told BBC London 94.9:

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Ardley on Wimbledon v Northampton

"It's disappointing to go 2-0 up and then come away with 2-2. The first-half was dreadful. It was awful. They were better than us at being awful in the first half.

"I don't think it was a tactical, I don't think it was people sitting back on a lead. It was just poor defending. It's just individuals not doing their jobs properly.

"I'm annoyed because we didn't mark properly from a set-piece. I'm annoyed because too many crosses came from the left-hand side and we didn't mark in the box when the cross did come in. And that's not good enough."

Line-ups

Wimbledon

  • 1Worner
  • 2Fuller
  • 40Oshilaja
  • 33Goodman
  • 29Harrison
  • 21BeereSubstituted forFrancombat 71'minutes
  • 4Bulman
  • 19ReevesBooked at 76mins
  • 11RiggBooked at 50minsSubstituted forAzeezat 82'minutes
  • 27Tanner
  • 10Akinfenwa

Substitutes

  • 7Francomb
  • 8Moore
  • 14Azeez
  • 15Phillips
  • 26McDonnell
  • 35Potter
  • 37Gallagher

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2Moloney
  • 6Collins
  • 16DiamondBooked at 48minsSubstituted forHackettat 68'minutes
  • 36Cresswell
  • 19D'AthSubstituted forCarterat 90'minutes
  • 21Taylor
  • 25ByromBooked at 23mins
  • 26HolmesBooked at 73mins
  • 10O'TooleSubstituted forToneyat 57'minutes
  • 14Gray

Substitutes

  • 3Horwood
  • 4Carter
  • 11Hackett
  • 15Hornby
  • 17Perry
  • 24Toney
  • 42Jalal
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
4,667

Match Stats

Home TeamWimbledonAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, AFC Wimbledon 2, Northampton Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 2, Northampton Town 2.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Jake Goodman.

Attempt missed. Adedeji Oshilaja (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Ryan Cresswell.

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

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon).

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Lee Collins.

Attempt saved. James Gray (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Darren Carter replaces Lawson D'Ath.

Attempt missed. Adebayo Azeez (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Ivan Toney (Northampton Town).

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

Attempt missed. Craig Tanner (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) header from the right side of the box misses to the left.

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

Foul by Jake Goodman (AFC Wimbledon).

Foul by Jason Taylor (Northampton Town).

Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Adebayo Azeez replaces Sean Rigg.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Chris Hackett.

Attempt blocked. George Francomb (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked.

Attempt saved. Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Jake Reeves (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Jake Reeves (AFC Wimbledon).

Foul by Jason Taylor (Northampton Town).

Sean Rigg (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town).

Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. George Francomb replaces Tom Beere.

Goal!

Goal! AFC Wimbledon 2, Northampton Town 2. James Gray (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Brendon Moloney with a cross following a set piece situation.

Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sean Rigg (AFC Wimbledon).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Chris Hackett replaces Zander Diamond.

Goal!

Goal! AFC Wimbledon 2, Northampton Town 1. James Gray (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ricky Holmes.

Craig Tanner (AFC Wimbledon) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Foul by Ivan Toney (Northampton Town).

Jake Goodman (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton40239858342478
2Shrewsbury40238960283277
3Wycombe402014660392174
4Bury392171152371570
5Southend391812946351166
6Newport401711124744362
7Plymouth4017101346291761
8Stevenage401611135549659
9Luton401610144842658
10Exeter401513125555058
11Northampton40176176052857
12Wimbledon401412145252054
13Morecambe401312154245-351
14Portsmouth401214144646050
15Oxford Utd401213154348-549
16Dag & Red40147194654-849
17Accrington40138194866-1847
18Mansfield40129193352-1945
19Cambridge401111185255-344
20York40917144246-444
21Carlisle40126224866-1842
22Hartlepool40117223360-2740
23Tranmere40912194357-1439
24Cheltenham40813193559-2437
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