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Crawley Town 1-2 Northampton Town

Joel Byrom
Joel Byrom set Northampton on their way to their fourth consecutive win

Northampton continued to ignore takeover talk as they won at Crawley to make it seven league games unbeaten.

The visitors went ahead when Simon Walton fouled Lawson D'Ath in the box and, after Marc Richards had seen his penalty saved, Joel Byrom followed up.

The Cobblers were 2-0 up when John-Joe O'Toole curled in from 25 yards.

Walton's 61st-minute penalty, after Brendan Moloney was sent off for fouling Rhys Murphy in the box, reduced the deficit, but the visitors held on.

Crawley should have levelled through substitute Shamir Fenelon, but a superb double save from Cobblers keeper Adam Smith helped the visitors earn their fourth straight league win.

On Tuesday, Kelvin Thomas' proposed takeover of Northampton Town from David Cardoza moved a step closer as a memorandum of understanding was made between him and Northampton Borough Council over a £10.25m loan and the land around Sixfields Stadium.

The deal would see the debt wiped out, with the council taking over land near Sixfields for development in return.

Crawley Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Surrey:

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Mark Yates: Crawley Town boss on defeat to Northampton

"The first real bit of play they had, they scored. We didn't compete very well with the goal-kick to start and they played off that. We were sloppy in possession and we allowed them to press us and allowed them to look like a really good side.

"Their three behind the striker were causing us problems and we conceded again from nothing and as soon as they hit it you knew it was going in. I suppose what's happened to them and what's happening with the takeover I think it was just going to be their night.

"Northampton have a quality squad and I am not going to go on about money but their budget is somewhat bigger than ours. They've got Nicky Adams, who we had, flying high in the division higher and with players like that, they have some quality. We knew we were up against a top side."

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Wilder on Northampton v Crawley

"There was no sitting back. The talk before was that we have to be relentless and ruthless and keep the standards high.

"I thought the standards were exceptionally high today with the ball on a difficult surface and without the ball.

"We had to make another change just before the game. Zander Diamond as well possibly shouldn't have played - both of the centre-halves were sick on the way down."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Flahavan
  • 14Young
  • 25YorwerthBooked at 65mins
  • 6Bradley
  • 24Hancox
  • 7Edwards
  • 4WaltonSubstituted forRooneyat 77'minutes
  • 8Smith
  • 20DeaconBooked at 16mins
  • 18HarroldSubstituted forFenelonat 58'minutes
  • 39MurphySubstituted forBarnardat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Scales
  • 9Barnard
  • 10Rooney
  • 12Preston
  • 15Fenelon
  • 16Ashton
  • 22Jenkins

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 2MoloneyBooked at 59mins
  • 5Diamond
  • 6CresswellBooked at 35mins
  • 16Buchanan
  • 8Byrom
  • 21O'Toole
  • 7D'Ath
  • 10AdamsSubstituted forLelanat 62'minutes
  • 15PotterSubstituted forTaylorat 90'minutes
  • 9RichardsSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Taylor
  • 12Lelan
  • 14Hoskins
  • 18McDonald
  • 19Watson
  • 20Calvert-Lewin
  • 26Clarke
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
2,325

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Northampton Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Northampton Town 2.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Ryan Cresswell.

Attempt blocked. Luke Rooney (Crawley Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Jason Taylor replaces Alfie Potter.

Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Josh Lelan.

Attempt missed. Josh Yorwerth (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Ryan Cresswell.

Attempt blocked. Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Roarie Deacon (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Josh Lelan (Northampton Town).

Foul by Mitch Hancox (Crawley Town).

David Buchanan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Alfie Potter (Northampton Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Lewis Young.

Foul by Luke Rooney (Crawley Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces Marc Richards.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Luke Rooney replaces Simon Walton.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Lee Barnard replaces Rhys Murphy.

Attempt missed. Shamir Fenelon (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Rhys Murphy (Crawley Town).

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

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Josh Yorwerth.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Mitch Hancox.

Attempt missed. Josh Yorwerth (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Ryan Cresswell.

Attempt blocked. Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Zander Diamond.

Attempt saved. Shamir Fenelon (Crawley Town) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Shamir Fenelon (Crawley Town) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Booking

Josh Yorwerth (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Josh Yorwerth (Crawley Town).

Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth19123429151439
2Oxford Utd19107230161437
3Northampton1911443123837
4Portsmouth1989231161533
5Accrington189542921832
6Leyton Orient198653126530
7Carlisle198653535030
8Mansfield198562517829
9Wycombe178542214829
10Exeter198562726129
11Wimbledon197662525027
12Luton197573225726
13Bristol Rovers188282322126
14Notts County187472627-125
15Crawley197482429-525
16Morecambe187383333024
17Cambridge196582730-323
18Barnet1963102532-721
19Hartlepool1862101928-920
20Stevenage194782333-1019
21Newport193791829-1116
22Dag & Red1826101832-1412
23York1926112137-1612
24Yeovil1925121932-1311
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