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Stevenage 2-3 Northampton Town

James Collins
James Collins rounded off a turbulent week by netting one of Northampton's goals at Stevenage

League Two leaders Northampton Town came back from 2-0 down to defeat 10-man Stevenage.

Luke Wilkinson met two Dean Parrett corners to score his first two goals for Stevenage, putting them 2-0 up.

A James Collins header and John-Joe O'Toole's stabbed finish either side of half-time brought the Cobblers level.

Fraser Franks was sent off for pulling down Sam Hoskins before Ricky Holmes' sensational 95th-minute strike from the edge of the box won it for Northampton.

Northampton are 17 points clear of fourth-placed Plymouth with just nine games left to play, while Stevenage are just seven points clear of the drop zone in 22nd position.

The goal ended a turbulent week for striker Collins, who apologised after being photographed appearing to relieve himself into a glass on a racecourse balcony at the Cheltenham Festival.

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Sarll on Stevenage v Northampton

Stevenage caretaker manager Darren Sarll told BBC Three Counties Radio: "I think you always get what you deserve unfortunately in football. If you don't defend set-pieces properly, you don't win games.

"The first one was the absolute killer in the game, at the time it was.

"I've said already inexperienced players make inexperienced errors. They've not meant, they're not, they're just inexperienced."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 1Jones
  • 18Parrett
  • 2Wilkinson
  • 5FranksBooked at 79mins
  • 23Okimo
  • 34Gorman
  • 3CoxBooked at 13mins
  • 15Tonge
  • 33KennedySubstituted forJohnsonat 80'minutes
  • 9LuerSubstituted forConlonat 90+4'minutes
  • 13Harrison

Substitutes

  • 6Hedges
  • 7Whelpdale
  • 11Pett
  • 14Marriott
  • 16Day
  • 27Johnson
  • 32Conlon

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 2Moloney
  • 5Diamond
  • 19Collins
  • 16Buchanan
  • 11HolmesBooked at 90minsSubstituted forTaylorat 90+7'minutes
  • 8ByromBooked at 63mins
  • 21O'TooleBooked at 28mins
  • 10AdamsSubstituted forD'Athat 61'minutes
  • 22Prosser
  • 27MarquisSubstituted forHoskinsat 52'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Taylor
  • 7D'Ath
  • 14Hoskins
  • 18McDonald
  • 20Martin
  • 23Rose
  • 26Clarke
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
3,902

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 2, Northampton Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 2, Northampton Town 3.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Jason Taylor replaces Ricky Holmes.

Booking

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

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 2, Northampton Town 3. Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Brendon Moloney.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Tom Conlon replaces Greg Luer.

Attempt saved. Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. James Collins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Byron Harrison (Stevenage) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Adam Smith.

Attempt saved. Greg Luer (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Greg Luer (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Ryan Johnson replaces Ben Kennedy.

Attempt missed. Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Dismissal

Fraser Franks (Stevenage) is shown the red card.

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fraser Franks (Stevenage).

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).

(Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Fraser Franks.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Dean Parrett.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Dale Gorman.

Attempt missed. Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by David Buchanan.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Lawson D'Ath.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Zander Diamond.

Delay in match Byron Harrison (Stevenage) because of an injury.

Luke Prosser (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Byron Harrison (Stevenage).

Booking

Joel Byrom (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joel Byrom (Northampton Town).

Dale Gorman (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay in match Dale Gorman (Stevenage) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Lawson D'Ath replaces Nicky Adams.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ben Kennedy.

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Cox (Stevenage).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Dean Parrett.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Sam Hoskins replaces John Marquis.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 2, Northampton Town 2. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) left footed shot from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Joel Byrom with a cross following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton37257568373182
2Oxford Utd382011768353371
3Bristol Rovers372051256371965
4Plymouth371981051331865
5Accrington371810960441664
6Portsmouth371515758352360
7Leyton Orient371611105348559
8Wycombe37169124034657
9Wimbledon371511115546956
10Cambridge37159135348554
11Carlisle36131495553253
12Luton37158145149253
13Mansfield371410134743452
14Exeter371410135152-152
15Barnet37138164855-747
16Crawley37137174156-1546
17Newport371011164053-1341
18Morecambe37117195765-840
19Notts County36117184762-1540
20Yeovil37911173650-1438
21Hartlepool35106193655-1936
22Stevenage37810194463-1934
23York3769223969-3027
24Dag & Red38510233466-3225
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