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Northampton Town 1-1 Fleetwood Town

Victor Nirennold earned Fleetwood a deserved point from a 1-1 draw at Northampton on the opening day of the League One season.

Last season's runaway League Two champions Northampton took just nine minutes to open their account in the third tier. When David Buchanan's shot was only partially cleared, Alex Revell's effort hit the upright and the ball bounced into the net off the diving Chris Neal.

Fleetwood found it difficult to create openings but the lively David Ball had a deflected shot saved by Adam Smith before shooting into the side-netting from a tight angle.

The Cobblers went close when Matt Taylor's free-kick caused problems at the far post and Revell's close-range effort was cleared off the line by Amari'i Bell.

Northampton should have increased their lead just before the interval when Kenji Gorre volleyed over from six yards from Harry Beautyman's pinpoint cross.

But Fleetwood were back on level terms seven minutes after the restart when Northampton failed to deal with Conor McLaughlin's cross and Nirennold stole in at the far post to score.

The Cobblers went close straight from the restart when Zander Diamond turned Taylor's free-kick over the bar from close range and Marc Richards fired straight at Neal.

At the other end Ball's shot on the turn was saved by Adam Smith as Fleetwood got on top. Richards should have restored Northampton's lead when he shot weakly at Neal while Fleetwood's Eggert Jonsson volley from the edge of the box flew wide.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 18Phillips
  • 6Zakuani
  • 5Diamond
  • 3Buchanan
  • 11GorréSubstituted forHoskinsat 77'minutes
  • 16BeautymanSubstituted forPotterat 65'minutes
  • 21O'Toole
  • 31Taylor
  • 9Richards
  • 10RevellBooked at 65mins

Substitutes

  • 4Taylor
  • 7D'Ath
  • 8Byrom
  • 14Hoskins
  • 15Potter
  • 26Cornell
  • 28McDonald

Fleetwood

  • 1Neal
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 6Pond
  • 5Eastham
  • 3Bell
  • 22HunterSubstituted forColeat 65'minutes
  • 4Jónsson
  • 8Ryan
  • 15Nirennold
  • 10BallSubstituted forHollowayat 75'minutes
  • 11GrantSubstituted forDuckworthat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Kip
  • 9Holloway
  • 12Bolger
  • 16Duckworth
  • 17Haughton
  • 21Cairns
  • 44Cole
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
5,157

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamFleetwood
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away0
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Fleetwood Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Fleetwood Town 1.

Foul by Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town).

Jimmy Ryan (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Devante Cole (Fleetwood Town).

Alfie Potter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town).

Attempt missed. Eggert Jónsson (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

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

Amari'i Bell (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Michael Duckworth replaces Bobby Grant.

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

Foul by Eggert Jónsson (Fleetwood Town).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Fleetwood Town).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Conor McLaughlin.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Sam Hoskins replaces Kenji Gorré.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Aaron Holloway replaces David Ball.

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

Foul by Ashley Eastham (Fleetwood Town).

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Attempt saved. Devante Cole (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Devante Cole replaces Ashley Hunter.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Alfie Potter replaces Harry Beautyman.

Booking

Alex Revell (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Harry Beautyman (Northampton Town) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

Attempt saved. David Ball (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Ball (Fleetwood Town).

Attempt saved. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) right footed shot from very close range is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 1, Fleetwood Town 1. Victor Nirennold (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Second Half

Second Half begins Northampton Town 1, Fleetwood Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Fleetwood Town 0.

Attempt missed. Kenji Gorré (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Harry Beautyman (Northampton Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Millwall11003033
2Gillingham11003123
3Scunthorpe11003123
4Walsall11003123
5Bury11002023
6Peterborough11003213
7Bolton11001013
8MK Dons11001013
9Swindon11001013
10Chesterfield10101101
11Fleetwood10101101
12Northampton10101101
13Oxford Utd10101101
14Bradford10100001
15Port Vale10100001
16Rochdale100123-10
17Coventry100101-10
18Sheff Utd100101-10
19Shrewsbury100101-10
20Wimbledon100113-20
21Bristol Rovers100113-20
22Southend100113-20
23Charlton100102-20
24Oldham100103-30
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