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Northampton Town 3-0 Barnet

Marc Richards
Northampton Town forward Marc Richards has scored 15 goals this season

Northampton Town maintained their push for promotion from League Two as they comfortably sealed victory over Barnet.

The Cobblers took the lead early on when Sam Hoskins fired home Lawson D'Ath's low cross from close range.

Home keeper Adam Smith saved a John Akinde header and Curtis Weston fired over as Barnet threatened.

Ricky Holmes then latched on to Marc Richards' pass to double the hosts' lead before they combined again with Richards scoring to seal the win.

Northampton Town assistant manager Alan Knill told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Knill on Northampton vs Barnet

"It was an excellent performance and we are delighted.

"We felt we needed to freshen things up today and I thought Sam Hoskins was really sharp and bright.

"The squad itself is in a really good position and we know that we have got that strength in depth that you need."

Barnet manager Martin Allen told BBC Radio London:

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Allen on Northampton v Barnet

"I don't think it was a very good performance.

"I thought they were far better than us from the first minute to the last minute, in possession and out of possession right through the whole team. They dominated the game.

"Their players were right on it and far too many of our players were no where near it. So that's what you get, a 3-0 thumping."

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 2Moloney
  • 5Diamond
  • 6Cresswell
  • 16Buchanan
  • 8Byrom
  • 21O'Toole
  • 7D'Ath
  • 14HoskinsSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 82'minutes
  • 11HolmesSubstituted forAdamsat 75'minutes
  • 9RichardsSubstituted forTaylorat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Horwood
  • 4Taylor
  • 10Adams
  • 12Lelan
  • 18McDonald
  • 20Calvert-Lewin
  • 26Clarke

Barnet

  • 33Lawlor
  • 16ChampionBooked at 26minsSubstituted forHoyteat 58'minutes
  • 4Dembélé
  • 5N'GalaBooked at 82mins
  • 3JohnsonBooked at 90mins
  • 7YiadomBooked at 83mins
  • 8WestonSubstituted forOdofinat 72'minutes
  • 14Togwell
  • 12Gambin
  • 9Akinde
  • 24McLeanBooked at 17minsSubstituted forBattat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hoyte
  • 10Lisbie
  • 17Muggleton
  • 18Gash
  • 19Batt
  • 26Odofin
  • 31McKenzie-Lyle
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
5,153

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamBarnet
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home20
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 3, Barnet 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 3, Barnet 0.

Booking

Elliot Johnson (Barnet) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliot Johnson (Barnet).

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bira Dembélé (Barnet).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Jason Taylor replaces Marc Richards.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by David Buchanan.

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Adams (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Andy Yiadom (Barnet) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces Sam Hoskins.

Booking

Bondz N'Gala (Barnet) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nicky Adams (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Barnet).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Nicky Adams replaces Ricky Holmes.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Hakeem Odofin replaces Curtis Weston.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Sam Togwell.

Attempt blocked. David Buchanan (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ian Lawlor.

Attempt saved. Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ian Lawlor.

Attempt saved. Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. John Akinde (Barnet) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Marc Richards (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Barnet).

Attempt missed. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ian Lawlor.

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

Attempt missed. Curtis Weston (Barnet) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 3, Barnet 0. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ricky Holmes.

Attempt missed. David Buchanan (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Gavin Hoyte replaces Tom Champion.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Shaun Batt replaces Aaron McLean.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Ricky Holmes.

Attempt blocked. Aaron McLean (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Brendon Moloney.

Foul by Joel Byrom (Northampton Town).

goal

As It Stood

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1Plymouth25164538201852
2Northampton24154542281449
3Oxford Utd25139340211948
4Portsmouth251111344222244
5Bristol Rovers25134836251143
6Wycombe2411763224840
7Accrington22116538261239
8Leyton Orient2591064035537
9Carlisle2310764239337
10Wimbledon259973531436
11Cambridge2510693938136
12Mansfield249873324935
13Morecambe2394104241131
14Crawley2594123244-1231
15Luton2586113838030
16Exeter2486103137-630
17Notts County2486103744-730
18Barnet2584133544-928
19Stevenage2569103445-1127
20Newport2448122739-1220
21Hartlepool2162132035-1520
22Dag & Red2547142645-1919
23Yeovil2538142338-1517
24York2437142647-2116
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