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Northampton Town 0-0 Oxford United

Northampton missed a penalty and both goalkeepers were in fine form as they played out a goalless stalemate with Oxford at Sixfields.

Northampton had the better of a scrappy first half in which both defences were on top and chances were few and far between.

Aaron Phillips tested Simon Eastwood with a long-range shot and Marc Richards headed onto the roof of the net for the Cobblers.

Matt Taylor also had a free-kick deflected over, and from his ensuing corner, the unmarked Zander Diamond headed off target.

Michael Smith headed wide for the hosts before Oxford began to offer more of a threat in the final third, with Conor McAleny curling an effort wide and Antonio Martinez firing a shot over the bar.

After the restart Liam Sercombe fired wide for Oxford before Northampton missed a glorious opportunity to break the deadlock when they were awarded a penalty, only for Taylor's spot-kick to be superbly saved by Eastwood.

Northampton still sensed the breakthrough, but Richards fired into the side-netting and Paul Anderson failed to convert from Phillips' excellent cross.

Oxford had a couple of good chances late on as Curtis Johnson had a shot tipped onto the bar by Smith, who then foiled a Kane Hemmings effort.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 18PhillipsSubstituted forMoloneyat 74'minutes
  • 5Diamond
  • 22Nyatanga
  • 3Buchanan
  • 12McCourtBooked at 55minsSubstituted forWyldeat 62'minutes
  • 7AndersonSubstituted forBoatengat 56'minutes
  • 31Taylor
  • 4Anderson
  • 9Richards
  • 24Smith

Substitutes

  • 2Moloney
  • 8Boateng
  • 11Wylde
  • 16Beautyman
  • 17McWilliams
  • 26Cornell
  • 28McDonald

Oxford Utd

  • 1EastwoodBooked at 52mins
  • 16Edwards
  • 33Dunkley
  • 5Nelson
  • 28Johnson
  • 8Sercombe
  • 4LundstramBooked at 6mins
  • 14RuffelsSubstituted forSkarzat 84'minutes
  • 18Rothwell
  • 7MartínezBooked at 40minsSubstituted forHemmingsat 56'minutes
  • 11McAlenySubstituted forHallat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Ribeiro
  • 3Skarz
  • 15Hemmings
  • 19Hall
  • 22Long
  • 25Raglan
  • 34Stevens
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
7,434

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home17
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Oxford United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Oxford United 0.

Foul by Michael Smith (Northampton Town).

Curtis Nelson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Michael Smith (Northampton Town) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Kane Hemmings (Oxford United).

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Adam Smith.

Attempt saved. Robert Hall (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Curtis Nelson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Joe Skarz replaces Josh Ruffels because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Philip Edwards (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gregg Wylde (Northampton Town).

Paul Anderson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Hall (Oxford United).

Attempt saved. Joe Rothwell (Oxford United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Lewin Nyatanga.

Attempt blocked. Philip Edwards (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Paul Anderson (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marvin Johnson (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Paul Anderson (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Curtis Nelson.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Brendon Moloney replaces Aaron Phillips.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Robert Hall replaces Conor McAleny.

Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Paul Anderson.

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Cheyenne Dunkley (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Kane Hemmings (Oxford United).

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Zander Diamond.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by David Buchanan.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Gregg Wylde replaces Jak McCourt.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd392310674443079
2Bolton39229862342875
3Fleetwood391912855361969
4Bradford391618552361666
5Scunthorpe3918101166462064
6Southend3917121060471363
7Millwall381612105345860
8Rochdale38169136155657
9Bristol Rovers401512135859-157
10Oxford Utd39168155146556
11Peterborough401510155554155
12Walsall391314124749-253
13Wimbledon391215124948151
14Northampton40148185763-650
15MK Dons391212154849-148
16Charlton391017124946347
17Bury401210185764-746
18Oldham401015152739-1245
19Gillingham401112175168-1745
20Shrewsbury391110184155-1443
21Port Vale381012164259-1742
22Swindon40109214159-1839
23Chesterfield4089233866-2833
24Coventry40711223360-2732
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