League Two
LutonLuton Town3NorthamptonNorthampton Town4

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:

"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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Luton Town 3, Northampton Town 4.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Substitution

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

  4. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Smith (Luton Town).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Paul Benson (Luton Town).

  10. Booking

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Scott Griffiths (Luton Town).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Booking

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Danny Green (Luton Town).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Ryan Hall replaces Sean Long.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Jason Taylor replaces Alfie Potter.

  20. Post update

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