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Gillingham2Northampton1

Gillingham 2-1 Northampton Town

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas' goal was his ninth of the season for Gillingham

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas grabbed an injury-time winner as Gillingham recorded their first League One victory in eight games by beating Northampton.

The striker curled a left-footed shot past Adam Smith in the 92nd minute to give his side their first victory since late September.

John-Joe O'Toole had given Northampton a first-half lead from close range, but Max Ehmer equalised after the break.

The home team started well, but it was the visitors who scored first in the 36th minute as O'Toole squeezed a header through two defenders after being left unmarked in the six-yard box.

The Gills then hit back early in the second half as Ehmer slid in at the back post to convert a flick from Emmanuel-Thomas.

Both sides had chances to take the lead but the game appeared to be petering out into a draw.

However, Emmanuel-Thomas - Gillingham's top scorer this term - pounced late on to give the hosts a win that moves them away from the relegation zone.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 2Jackson
  • 5Ehmer
  • 19Cargill
  • 12Konchesky
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 44Wright
  • 11Knott
  • 50Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 10McDonald
  • 45NoubleSubstituted forDackat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Garmston
  • 6Oshilaja
  • 7Wagstaff
  • 9Donnelly
  • 13Hadler
  • 16Osadebe
  • 23Dack

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 2Moloney
  • 5Diamond
  • 22Nyatanga
  • 3Buchanan
  • 21O'Toole
  • 31Taylor
  • 4Anderson
  • 14Hoskins
  • 30HooperSubstituted forGorréat 78'minutes
  • 9RichardsSubstituted forRevellat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Byrom
  • 10Revell
  • 11Gorré
  • 15Potter
  • 16Beautyman
  • 20Hanley
  • 26Cornell
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
5,790

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 2, Northampton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 2, Northampton Town 1.

Foul by Billy Knott (Gillingham).

Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Paul Anderson.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 2, Northampton Town 1. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Paul Anderson (Northampton Town).

Hand ball by Paul Konchesky (Gillingham).

Attempt blocked. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Kenji Gorré replaces JJ Hooper because of an injury.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Brendon Moloney.

Foul by Billy Knott (Gillingham).

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

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Anderson (Northampton Town).

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

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

Attempt missed. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Bradley Dack replaces Frank Nouble.

Attempt missed. Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Josh Wright (Gillingham).

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

Ryan Jackson (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by JJ Hooper (Northampton Town).

Foul by Frank Nouble (Gillingham).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Alex Revell replaces Marc Richards.

Attempt missed. Paul Anderson (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Frank Nouble (Gillingham).

Paul Anderson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Brendon Moloney.

Attempt blocked. Frank Nouble (Gillingham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ryan Jackson.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 1, Northampton Town 1. Max Ehmer (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas following a corner.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Zander Diamond.

goal

As It Stood

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2Bradford1788126141232
3Bolton169432011931
4Sheff Utd158432618828
5Bristol Rovers177552627-126
6Port Vale177462225-325
7Northampton176652825324
8Millwall167362927224
9Wimbledon176652321224
10Rochdale177371922-324
11Peterborough166552619723
12Southend176562226-423
13Fleetwood176472423122
14Walsall165742122-122
15Charlton164841817120
16Bury176292529-420
17Gillingham175572430-620
18Coventry174761518-319
19Swindon175481923-419
20Oxford Utd175481822-419
21MK Dons174582126-517
22Oldham17377918-916
23Shrewsbury173591829-1114
24Chesterfield1633101624-812
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