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AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Northampton Town

Matty Taylor kept his cool from 12 yards to earn Northampton a late win over AFC Wimbledon after a scrappy League One contest at Kingsmeadow.

Taylor's spot-kick, awarded for Chris Robertson's handball four minutes from full-time, delivered the Cobblers their first away win of 2017 and moves them closer to safety, while keeping the Dons 13th.

Luke Williams sent an early shot wide and Tom Soares did likewise for the hosts but both sides lacked the quality to break the other down in a sluggish first half.

Wimbledon made most of the running but it was their visitors who came closest with Taylor's free-kick sailing over and Michael Smith's first-time shot curling narrowly wide.

A more open second half saw James Shea beat away Taylor's free-kick and Adam Smith keep out a header from Darius Charles.

Just as it seemed these two would play out their second 0-0 draw of the season, a needless handball from Robertson presented the visitors with the chance to win it, and Taylor made no mistake.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Wimbledon

  • 1Shea
  • 5Nightingale
  • 34Robertson
  • 33TaylorSubstituted forElliottat 69'minutes
  • 7FrancombBooked at 58minsSubstituted forMeadesat 69'minutes
  • 17Barcham
  • 14SoaresSubstituted forBulmanat 45'minutes
  • 18Parrett
  • 8Reeves
  • 32Charles
  • 10Poleon

Substitutes

  • 3Meades
  • 4Bulman
  • 6Robinson
  • 9Elliott
  • 22Kelly
  • 23Barnett
  • 24McDonnell

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 18PhillipsBooked at 37mins
  • 22Nyatanga
  • 5DiamondSubstituted forMcDonaldat 77'minutes
  • 3Buchanan
  • 35WilliamsSubstituted forAndersonat 80'minutes
  • 21O'Toole
  • 31Taylor
  • 11WyldeSubstituted forAndersonat 56'minutes
  • 24Smith
  • 9Richards

Substitutes

  • 2Moloney
  • 4Anderson
  • 7Anderson
  • 12McCourt
  • 16Beautyman
  • 26Cornell
  • 28McDonald
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
4,512

Match Stats

Home TeamWimbledonAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, AFC Wimbledon 0, Northampton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 0, Northampton Town 1.

Attempt saved. Tom Elliott (AFC Wimbledon) header from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by David Buchanan.

Goal!

Goal! AFC Wimbledon 0, Northampton Town 1. Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Chris Robertson (AFC Wimbledon) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Jake Reeves.

Attempt blocked. Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Dean Parrett (AFC Wimbledon).

Aaron Phillips (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Paul Anderson replaces Luke Williams.

Attempt missed. Keshi Anderson (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Rod McDonald replaces Zander Diamond.

Foul by Jake Reeves (AFC Wimbledon).

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

Foul by Dean Parrett (AFC Wimbledon).

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Andy Barcham (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Tom Elliott replaces Lyle Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Jonathan Meades replaces George Francomb.

Attempt saved. Darius Charles (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by David Buchanan.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Zander Diamond.

Attempt saved. Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Dannie Bulman (AFC Wimbledon).

Luke Williams (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Michael Smith (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Parrett (AFC Wimbledon).

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Zander Diamond.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by John-Joe O'Toole.

Darius Charles (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Smith (Northampton Town).

Luke Williams (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon).

Booking

George Francomb (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by George Francomb (AFC Wimbledon).

Luke Williams (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Keshi Anderson replaces Gregg Wylde.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd36219667402772
2Fleetwood361810854361864
3Bolton35189850311963
4Bradford371517549341562
5Scunthorpe3717101063432061
6Millwall35161095041958
7Southend361412105345854
8Bristol Rovers371412115654254
9Walsall371314104545053
10Oxford Utd35157134639752
11Rochdale34148125048250
12Peterborough37148155050050
13Wimbledon361114114746147
14Charlton371016114743446
15Northampton37137175460-646
16Gillingham371112145059-945
17MK Dons361111144747044
18Shrewsbury371110164051-1143
19Bury37118185464-1041
20Oldham37913152336-1340
21Port Vale34911143854-1638
22Swindon3799193753-1636
23Chesterfield3788213358-2532
24Coventry36511203056-2626
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