League Two
Luton3Northampton4

Luton Town 3-4 Northampton Town

Marc Richards
Northampton's Marc Richards has scored more than 150 league goals for 11 clubs during his career

Northampton went top of League Two with a dramatic victory over Luton, their first for 15 years at Kenilworth Road.

Paul Benson's overhead kick put Luton in front, but John-Joe O'Toole levelled from a slick free-kick routine.

Lawson D'Ath found the roof of the net from an acute angle and Marc Richards made it 3-1 to the Cobblers.

Benson pulled one back and Danny Green netted a penalty after Craig Mackail-Smith was fouled, but Ricky Holmes won it seconds after coming on as a sub.

Holmes ran forwards from halfway before beating home keeper Mark Tyler with a shot into the top corner, his first goal since recovering from groin and back injuries, to give Northampton their seventh successive win in all competitions.

The result put them two points clear at the top of the table, with Oxford held to a draw at home by Carlisle.

Luton first team coach Hakan Hayrettin told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Luton first team coach Hakan Hayrettin on Northampton defeat.

"All we can do is keep working hard, motivating the players as much as possible to get out them out on the football pitch to perform to the best of their abilities.

"We gave away a sloppy free-kick and we got punished. We have got to do so much better in the final third defending.

"It's not for the lack of trying, desire and determination. We just need to get through this patch.

"John Still has broad shoulders. It wasn't long ago he was lifting the trophy and getting this proud and great football club back into the Football League. I'm sure if we keep working hard things will turn.

Line-ups

Luton

  • 1Tyler
  • 20LongSubstituted forHallat 88'minutes
  • 30Wilkinson
  • 18OkuonghaeBooked at 69mins
  • 12GriffithsBooked at 90mins
  • 11GreenBooked at 88mins
  • 7LawlessSubstituted forMarriottat 75'minutes
  • 4Smith
  • 19Lee
  • 9Benson
  • 22Mackail-Smith

Substitutes

  • 2O'Donnell
  • 8McGeehan
  • 10Hall
  • 14Marriott
  • 16Justham
  • 23McQuoid
  • 37Musonda

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 2Moloney
  • 5Diamond
  • 6Cresswell
  • 16Buchanan
  • 7D'Ath
  • 8Byrom
  • 15PotterSubstituted forTaylorat 87'minutes
  • 21O'TooleSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 90+5'minutes
  • 10AdamsSubstituted forHolmesat 69'minutes
  • 9Richards

Substitutes

  • 4Taylor
  • 11Holmes
  • 12Lelan
  • 14Hoskins
  • 18McDonald
  • 20Calvert-Lewin
  • 26Clarke
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
8,792

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 3, Northampton Town 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 3, Northampton Town 4.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces John-Joe O'Toole.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) because of an injury.

Foul by Jonathan Smith (Luton Town).

Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jason Taylor (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Benson (Luton Town).

Booking

Scott Griffiths (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Scott Griffiths (Luton Town).

Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Danny Green (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danny Green (Luton Town).

Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Ryan Hall replaces Sean Long.

Foul by Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town).

Scott Griffiths (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Jason Taylor replaces Alfie Potter.

Attempt missed. Danny Green (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Danny Green (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Jack Marriott replaces Alex Lawless.

Attempt saved. Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Scott Griffiths.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 3, Northampton Town 4. Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ricky Holmes replaces Nicky Adams.

Booking

Magnus Okuonghae (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Mark Tyler.

Attempt saved. Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 3, Northampton Town 3. Danny Green (Luton Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Luton Town. Craig Mackail-Smith draws a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town).

Luke Wilkinson (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Alfie Potter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Wilkinson (Luton Town).

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

Foul by Paul Benson (Luton Town).

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton21134437261143
2Oxford Utd21118232171541
3Plymouth21124531181340
4Portsmouth21910237181937
5Accrington19105434221235
6Carlisle219753937234
7Mansfield2196629191033
8Bristol Rovers2110382924533
9Leyton Orient218853328532
10Wycombe198652419530
11Exeter208662827130
12Cambridge218583232029
13Wimbledon217772728-128
14Notts County208483133-228
15Crawley218492834-628
16Morecambe208393737027
17Luton217593532326
18Stevenage216782937-825
19Barnet2164112837-922
20Hartlepool2062121933-1420
21Newport2147102433-919
22Dag & Red2127122137-1613
23Yeovil2126132136-1512
24York2126132344-2112
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