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League One: Northampton Town 3-2 Milton Keynes Dons

Alex Revell
Alex Revell scored against his old club in the first half

Unbeaten Northampton Town gained their first League One win since promotion by beating 3-2 MK Dons in a thriller.

Harry Beautyman scored with a shot on the turn in the eighth minute for the Cobblers, who are now 30 games unbeaten in the league.

Alex Revell's glancing header made it 2-0, before Matt Taylor curled in a fine free-kick for a third.

Dean Bowditch pulled one back for MK Dons, and Taylor had a penalty saved before a late Samir Carruthers goal.

Northampton, who won League Two last season, were three goals up inside the first half-an-hour, leading when Jak McCourt won the ball and advanced into the area before finding Beautyman, who beat goalkeeper David Martin from 10 yards.

Former Dons striker Revell doubled the advantage five minutes later, getting on the end of Taylor's excellent cross to find the bottom corner of the net.

Nicky Maynard went close for the visitors with a shot on the turn which goalkeeper Adam Smith saved comfortably, but the hosts increased their lead in the 28th minute when Taylor curled a 20-yard free-kick over the wall and into the top corner of the net.

Ed Upson flashed a shot wide before the visitors reduced the arrears in the 38th minute when Bowditch headed home a cross from Carruthers.

Northampton squandered a great opportunity to restore their three-goal advantage shortly after the restart - Bowditch conceding a penalty when he impeded Kenji Gorre only for Martin to save Taylor's effort.

Smith kept out a fierce drive from Carruthers as the visitors looked to make the most of the let-off.

The home side had further chances on the counter but Carruthers reduced the deficit in stoppage-time, racing on to Darren Potter's pass to beat Smith.

Report provided by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 3Buchanan
  • 22Nyatanga
  • 5Diamond
  • 2Moloney
  • 12McCourt
  • 31Taylor
  • 16Beautyman
  • 4AndersonSubstituted forHoskinsat 68'minutes
  • 10RevellSubstituted forRichardsat 90+1'minutes
  • 11GorréSubstituted forPotterat 68'minutesBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 8Byrom
  • 9Richards
  • 14Hoskins
  • 15Potter
  • 26Cornell
  • 28McDonald
  • 30Hooper

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 3Lewington
  • 4Walsh
  • 23Downing
  • 2BaldockBooked at 44mins
  • 7CarruthersBooked at 43mins
  • 6UpsonSubstituted forReevesat 59'minutes
  • 8Potter
  • 49ColcloughSubstituted forPowellat 71'minutes
  • 9Bowditch
  • 28MaynardSubstituted forAgardat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Reeves
  • 12Williams
  • 14Agard
  • 16Hendry
  • 17Powell
  • 19Nicholls
  • 30Thomas-Asante
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
6,618

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home7
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 3, MK Dons 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 3, MK Dons 2.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 3, MK Dons 2. Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

David Buchanan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Marc Richards replaces Alex Revell.

Foul by Alex Revell (Northampton Town).

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

David Buchanan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Samir Carruthers (MK Dons).

Alex Revell (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Samir Carruthers (MK Dons).

Foul by Alex Revell (Northampton Town).

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Daniel Powell (MK Dons).

Booking

Alfie Potter (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

George Baldock (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alfie Potter (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Daniel Powell replaces Ryan Colclough.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by David Martin.

Attempt saved. Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Jak McCourt (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Reeves (MK Dons).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Sam Hoskins replaces Paul Anderson.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Alfie Potter replaces Kenji Gorré.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Adam Smith.

Attempt saved. Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Jak McCourt.

Paul Downing (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Revell (Northampton Town).

Foul by Kieran Agard (MK Dons).

Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Ben Reeves replaces Ed Upson.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Kieran Agard replaces Nicky Maynard.

Penalty saved! Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty Northampton Town. Kenji Gorré draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Darren Potter (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Paul Anderson (Northampton Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bolton642095414
2Bradford633084412
3Fleetwood6321105511
4Millwall63211210211
5Scunthorpe5311137610
6Peterborough6312138510
7Port Vale631276110
8Gillingham63121012-210
9Bury622210738
10Charlton52217528
11Northampton61506518
12Swindon52216608
13Chesterfield62139907
14MK Dons621379-27
15Oxford Utd621368-27
16Shrewsbury6213710-37
17Sheff Utd621369-37
18Oldham613247-36
19Walsall512278-15
20Wimbledon612369-35
21Southend612369-35
22Bristol Rovers411257-24
23Coventry603327-53
24Rochdale602448-42
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