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Northampton Town 1-2 Burton Albion

Jacob Blyth (centre) is congratulated after opening the scoring for Burton at Northampton
Blyth (centre) has now scored two goals in ten appearances since joining Burton on loan in August

Alex McDonald's stunning late free-kick earned Burton Albion a dramatic win at fellow promotion-hopefuls Northampton.

The hosts should have gone ahead when Kaid Mohamed somehow blazed the ball over the bar from six yards when it seemed impossible to miss.

Burton took advantage to lead at half-time through Jacob Blyth's low strike.

Ryan Cresswell fired the Cobblers level when the Brewers failed to clear but McDonald's shot earned the visitors a second win in five league games.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Wilder on Northampton v Burton

"We've missed chances in the first half. In the second half, they made it difficult for us, sitting behind the ball and sitting deep.

"The front four have been good enough for the majority of the season but weren't today. At home, you look for them to spark, and they found it difficult.

"We've played OK, but to win games at the top of the league, you've got to play a little bit better than OK.

"Look at the quality of the goal that has done us. Not being greedy - maybe we take a draw and move on. But we always go for a win."

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

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Rowett on Northampton v Burton

"I'm absolutely over the moon. That's probably the biggest result of our season in some ways because we've not been as good as we'd have liked to have been over the last few weeks.

"But we're still in a great position and there's still bags of belief in the squad.

"You'd think that coming here today and having to change the team at the last minute might have caused a problem, but I have to say I thought all the players were magnificent today.

"It was a really really tough game. I thought we worked ever so hard to restrict Northampton to very few chances."

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 21Archer
  • 12TozerSubstituted forAlfeiat 68'minutes
  • 36Cresswell
  • 6Collins
  • 30StevensBooked at 90mins
  • 11Hackett
  • 18Ravenhill
  • 25Byrom
  • 23MohamedSubstituted forD'Athat 49'minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 14NichollsSubstituted forLangmeadat 76'minutes
  • 24Toney

Substitutes

  • 2Alfei
  • 4Carter
  • 5Langmead
  • 13Snedker
  • 17Robertson
  • 19D'Ath
  • 20Moyo

Burton

  • 1McLaughlan
  • 2Edwards
  • 6Sharps
  • 4Mousinho
  • 5TaftSubstituted forMcCroryat 68'minutes
  • 23Palmer
  • 10AkinsBooked at 80mins
  • 8WeirSubstituted forSladeat 84'minutes
  • 11MacDonald
  • 20McGurkSubstituted forHarnessat 76'minutes
  • 12Blyth

Substitutes

  • 7Bell
  • 14McCrory
  • 16Lyness
  • 18Knowles
  • 24Slade
  • 27Harness
  • 30Austin
Referee:
Gary Sutton
Attendance:
4,935

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home18
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Burton Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Burton Albion 2.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Enda Stevens.

Attempt missed. Kelvin Langmead (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Booking

Enda Stevens (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Northampton Town).

Marcus Harness (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivan Toney (Northampton Town).

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ian Sharps.

Attempt missed. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Northampton Town).

Marcus Harness (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 1, Burton Albion 2. Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Foul by Joel Byrom (Northampton Town).

Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Liam Slade replaces Robbie Weir.

Attempt missed. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Daniel Alfei (Northampton Town).

Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 1, Burton Albion 1. Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Daniel Alfei.

Booking

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jacob Blyth (Burton Albion).

Attempt saved. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Damien McCrory.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Marcus Harness replaces Adam McGurk.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Kelvin Langmead replaces Alex Nicholls.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Damien McCrory.

Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Damien McCrory (Burton Albion).

Hand ball by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Damien McCrory replaces George Taft.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Daniel Alfei replaces Ben Tozer.

Booking

Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

John Mousinho (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town).

Foul by Ben Tozer (Northampton Town).

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe12741178925
2Burton128131613325
3Bury127232011923
4Luton12633128421
5Southend126241210220
6Plymouth12615138519
7Morecambe126151412219
8Shrewsbury125341510518
9Northampton125342016418
10Wimbledon125342019118
11Cambridge125252315817
12Portsmouth12453119217
13Newport124441513216
14Cheltenham124441011-116
15Mansfield125161216-416
16Accrington125161722-516
17Exeter124351316-315
18Dag & Red124261620-414
19Stevenage124261418-414
20Carlisle123361521-612
21Hartlepool12327718-1111
22York121741117-610
23Oxford Utd122461118-710
24Tranmere122371116-59
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