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Northampton Town 2-0 AFC Wimbledon

Northampton's Alex Nicholls
Alex Nicholls last scored for Northampton in October 2012

Alex Nicholls scored his first Northampton goal in two years as the Cobblers ended a four-match losing streak by beating AFC Wimbledon.

The forward badly fractured his leg while scoring against Port Vale in October 2012 but wrapped up the win after Lawson D'Ath's shot was saved.

Kaid Mohamed had put the home side ahead in the first half at Sixfields when he lashed in D'Ath's cross.

Wimbledon's best chance came when Matt Tubbs fired over from close range.

Nicholls had a six-game loan spell at Exeter earlier this season, scoring once.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder tells BBC Radio Northampton:

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Wilder on Northampton v AFC Wimbledon

"I thought the two centre-halves were outstanding and the goalkeeper was good, he deserved the clean sheet.

"It's great for Alex Nicholls and his confidence but we've also kept Akinfenwa and Tubbs very quiet.

"I was like a caged tiger up there (Wilder was banned from the touchlines) but I took my punishment. I've made 37 phone calls this afternoon - I don't like being away from the action.

"Darren Carter and Lee Collins have sat on the bench today, and Marc Richards we're hopefully getting back next week."

AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley told BBC London 94.9:

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Ardley on Northampton v AFC Wimbledon

"It's important for me to apologise to the travelling fans because that wasn't acceptable.

"We were second to everything, out-fought, out-run, we had no quality and we didn't face adversity very well.

"The disappointing thing today was we lost because the opposition's mentality was better than ours.

"We weren't good enough all over the pitch."

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 21Archer
  • 12Tozer
  • 36Cresswell
  • 17Robertson
  • 33Newey
  • 19D'Ath
  • 32Murdoch
  • 25Byrom
  • 23MohamedSubstituted forLangmeadat 90+3'minutes
  • 24ToneySubstituted forSinclairat 66'minutes
  • 10O'TooleSubstituted forNichollsat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Duke
  • 4Carter
  • 5Langmead
  • 6Collins
  • 7Sinclair
  • 14Nicholls
  • 18Ravenhill

Wimbledon

  • 20Shea
  • 2FullerSubstituted forOakleyat 90+1'minutes
  • 27Barrett
  • 5Frampton
  • 3Smith
  • 7FrancombSubstituted forSutherlandat 67'minutes
  • 8MooreSubstituted forAzeezat 67'minutes
  • 4Bulman
  • 11Rigg
  • 9Tubbs
  • 10Akinfenwa

Substitutes

  • 6Bennett
  • 14Azeez
  • 17Kennedy
  • 18Nicholson
  • 23Oakley
  • 26McDonnell
  • 31Sutherland
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
4,548

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home3
Away0
Fouls
Home16
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 2, AFC Wimbledon 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 2, AFC Wimbledon 0.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 2, AFC Wimbledon 0. Alex Nicholls (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Kelvin Langmead replaces Kaid Mohamed.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. George Oakley replaces Barry Fuller because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Adam Barrett (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Alex Nicholls (Northampton Town).

Frankie Sutherland (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Dannie Bulman (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town).

Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Sean Rigg.

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

Foul by Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon).

Matt Tubbs (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joel Byrom (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Joel Byrom (Northampton Town).

Frankie Sutherland (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Adebayo Azeez replaces Sammy Moore.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Frankie Sutherland replaces George Francomb.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Alex Nicholls replaces John-Joe O'Toole.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Emile Sinclair replaces Ivan Toney.

Attempt missed. Dannie Bulman (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Hand ball by Tom Newey (Northampton Town).

Foul by Ben Tozer (Northampton Town).

Jack Smith (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Ivan Toney (Northampton Town).

Dannie Bulman (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joel Byrom (Northampton Town).

Jack Smith (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Kaid Mohamed (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon).

Foul by Joel Byrom (Northampton Town).

Dannie Bulman (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Northampton Town 1, AFC Wimbledon 0.

Half Time

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe1695223121132
2Luton169431911831
3Shrewsbury1693425121330
4Bury169342617930
5Burton169252120129
6Plymouth16835189927
7Southend167451614225
8Newport166642016424
9Portsmouth166551816223
10Morecambe167271817123
11Exeter166551919023
12Accrington167272427-323
13Cheltenham166461518-322
14Cambridge166372620621
15Northampton166372523221
16Stevenage166372124-321
17Wimbledon165562225-320
18Mansfield165471419-519
19Oxford Utd164481823-516
20York162951420-615
21Dag & Red164391927-815
22Carlisle164392030-1015
23Tranmere162681522-712
24Hartlepool1633101227-1512
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