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Northampton Town 1-0 Stevenage

Marc Richards, Northampton

A Marc Richards goal defeated Stevenage and ended Northampton's four-match winless run.

Richards, who has now scored nine goals this season, swept home from 12 yards after good build-up play involving Stewart Murdoch and Chris Hackett.

The striker headed over from six yards moments later as the Cobblers dominated the first 45 minutes.

Stevenage improved after the break and almost snatched a point when Lee Barnard hit the bar in stoppage-time.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Wilder on Northampton v Stevenage

"We've played OK today. I'm hoping our fans will go away from this match and enjoy their weekend.

"Even the top players sit deep when they are defending a narrow lead. It's difficult to overcome but this was our fifth game in 15 days.

"Kelvin Langmead is a popular boy in the changing room, as well as with the supporters. He has done a sterling job for us today."

Stevenage boss Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Stevenage boss Graham Westley on Northampton

"I have to say that I thought the second half of the performance tonight was outstanding. The attitude, the desire, the work ethic and the professionalism that the players showed was outstanding.

"Football results can lie sometimes. I don't think the score reflected what was on the pitch, I don't think anybody at Northampton would've complained if we came away with something tonight.

"There were a couple of guys that were being very rude, insulting. I've got family that sit there and they were talking to me in a disgusting way. The bulk of the fans were fantastic."

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 21Archer
  • 12Tozer
  • 5Langmead
  • 6Collins
  • 17Robertson
  • 11HackettSubstituted forRavenhillat 85'minutes
  • 4Carter
  • 32Murdoch
  • 23MohamedSubstituted forByromat 85'minutes
  • 9Richards
  • 14NichollsSubstituted forToneyat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Duke
  • 2Alfei
  • 7Sinclair
  • 18Ravenhill
  • 20Moyo
  • 24Toney
  • 25Byrom

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 25Henry
  • 5AshtonBooked at 79mins
  • 19Wells
  • 3Dembele
  • 22LeeSubstituted forWhelpdaleat 83'minutes
  • 12McAllisterBooked at 45mins
  • 46JebbSubstituted forParrettat 68'minutes
  • 49Adams
  • 9CharlesSubstituted forDeaconat 77'minutes
  • 37Barnard

Substitutes

  • 1Beasant
  • 6Bond
  • 7Whelpdale
  • 8Walton
  • 18Parrett
  • 23Okimo
  • 34Deacon
Referee:
Andy D'Urso
Attendance:
4,431

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home4
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Stevenage 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Stevenage 0.

Attempt missed. Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Lee Barnard (Stevenage) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Darren Carter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David McAllister (Stevenage).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Bira Dembele.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Richard Ravenhill replaces Chris Hackett.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Joel Byrom replaces Kaid Mohamed.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Chris Whelpdale replaces Charlie Lee.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Dean Wells.

Booking

Jon Ashton (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Roarie Deacon replaces Darius Charles.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Dean Parrett replaces Jack Jebb.

Attempt missed. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Charlie Adams (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ivan Toney replaces Alex Nicholls.

Attempt saved. Charlie Adams (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Charlie Lee (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Charlie Lee (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Kaid Mohamed (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dean Wells (Stevenage).

Foul by Ben Tozer (Northampton Town).

Charlie Adams (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Second Half

Second Half begins Northampton Town 1, Stevenage 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Stevenage 0.

Booking

David McAllister (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by David McAllister (Stevenage).

Attempt saved. Lee Barnard (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Lee Barnard (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Dean Wells.

Lee Collins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darius Charles (Stevenage).

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

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Chris Day.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe18105328161235
2Burton1811252521435
3Luton1810442012834
4Shrewsbury18103529151433
5Southend189451915431
6Plymouth1893621101130
7Bury189362721630
8Newport187742519628
9Exeter187652423127
10Portsmouth187562119226
11Morecambe188281920-126
12Accrington188282629-326
13Cambridge187382923624
14Northampton187382725224
15Stevenage187382626024
16Wimbledon186662325-224
17Mansfield186481521-622
18Cheltenham186481727-1022
19Oxford Utd185581923-420
20York183961722-518
21Dag & Red1853102330-718
22Carlisle1853102334-1118
23Tranmere1826101625-912
24Hartlepool1833121331-1812
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