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Northampton Town 1-2 Scunthorpe United

League One joint top scorer Josh Morris struck his 18th goal of the season to earn victory for the Iron at Sixfields
League One joint top scorer Josh Morris's 18th goal of the season earned victory for the Iron at Sixfields

Josh Morris grabbed the late winner as second-placed Scunthorpe beat League One strugglers Northampton at Sixfields.

The Iron's victory over a Cobblers side watched from the stand by newly appointed boss Justin Edinburgh closed the gap at the top to just one point after Sheffield United went down 4-1 at Walsall.

A tepid opening period came to life when Kevin Van Veen twice went close, heading wide from close range before seeing Adam Smith save his low drive from the edge of the box.

Cobblers created a couple of openings, Matt Taylor being denied by Luke Daniels who then thwarted Marc Richards.

But Scunthorpe broke the deadlock in the 21st minute when Stephen Dawson's cross was headed home by Van Veen from close range.

John-Joe O'Toole fired wide and Hoskins was denied again by Daniels. But Cobblers equalised three minutes before the interval when Alex Revell headed home Taylor's near-post cross.

After the restart, Van Veen fired wide before Cobblers got on top and Zander Diamond twice went close. From Taylor's cross, Diamond saw his header thump the upright before heading over from close range.

But Scunthorpe also had a couple of decent chances as the half progressed, Van Veen firing over before Morris hit the bar from a free-kick with Smith well beaten and Craig Davies headed over for the visitors.

Scunthorpe had the better late chances, as Harry Toffolo headed over, Smith denied Duane Holmes and when the ball ran loose Morris volleyed over. But the visitors won it in the 83rd minute when Diamond's clearing header only fell to Morris on the edge of the box and he curled into the top corner.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

New Northampton boss Justin Edinburgh was in the stand as he watched the Cobblers for the first time since Friday's appointment
New Northampton Town manager Justin Edinburgh was in the main stand at Sixfields as he watched the Cobblers for the first time since Friday's appointment

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 5Diamond
  • 32Eardley
  • 22Nyatanga
  • 3Buchanan
  • 14Hoskins
  • 21O'TooleBooked at 61mins
  • 31Taylor
  • 8BoatengSubstituted forMcCourtat 79'minutes
  • 10RevellBooked at 88mins
  • 9RichardsBooked at 33mins

Substitutes

  • 11Wylde
  • 12McCourt
  • 16Beautyman
  • 20Hanley
  • 23Iaciofano
  • 26Cornell
  • 28McDonald

Scunthorpe

  • 1Daniels
  • 33Clarke
  • 20Goode
  • 5Wallace
  • 15Toffolo
  • 19HolmesBooked at 83minsSubstituted forCrooksat 85'minutes
  • 17MantomBooked at 25mins
  • 8DawsonBooked at 59mins
  • 11Morris
  • 14HopperSubstituted forDaviesat 63'minutes
  • 10van VeenBooked at 61minsSubstituted forToneyat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Williams
  • 13Anyon
  • 16Adelakun
  • 24Toney
  • 28Davies
  • 30Crooks
  • 31Sutton
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
5,649

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamScunthorpe
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home16
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Scunthorpe United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Scunthorpe United 2.

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

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

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Jordan Clarke.

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

Foul by Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United).

Booking

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

Hand ball by Alex Revell (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Matt Crooks replaces Duane Holmes.

Booking

Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 1, Scunthorpe United 2. Josh Morris (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Attempt saved. Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Luke Daniels.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Ivan Toney replaces Kevin van Veen.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Jak McCourt replaces Hiram Boateng.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Murray Wallace.

Attempt missed. Josh Morris (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Alex Revell (Northampton Town).

Charlie Goode (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Harry Toffolo (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Zander Diamond.

Attempt blocked. Harry Toffolo (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Alex Revell (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Murray Wallace (Scunthorpe United).

Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Josh Morris (Scunthorpe United) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Hand ball by David Buchanan (Northampton Town).

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

Sam Mantom (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Alex Revell (Northampton Town) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Craig Davies replaces Tom Hopper.

Attempt missed. Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

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

Foul by Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United).

Booking

Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd27175551302156
2Scunthorpe27167453262755
3Bolton26155635191650
4Bradford271112433221145
5Rochdale2614394132945
6Fleetwood26127739291043
7Southend2711973934542
8Millwall2611694139239
9Bristol Rovers27116104647-139
10Peterborough2510873931838
11Charlton2681263326736
12Wimbledon269983833536
13Oxford Utd2697103030034
14Walsall2681083034-434
15Port Vale2587102737-1031
16Northampton2786133643-730
17Gillingham2686123241-930
18Swindon2778122740-1329
19MK Dons2577112934-528
20Bury2774164153-1225
21Shrewsbury2767142640-1425
22Chesterfield2774162845-1725
23Oldham25410111327-1422
24Coventry2649132338-1521
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