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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:

"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:

"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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Northampton Town 3, Barnet 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Northampton Town 3, Barnet 0.

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Elliot Johnson (Barnet).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Bira Dembélé (Barnet).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Jason Taylor replaces Marc Richards.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Barnet. Conceded by David Buchanan.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Booking

    Andy Yiadom (Barnet) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Substitution

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

  14. Booking

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Barnet).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Nicky Adams replaces Ricky Holmes.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Hakeem Odofin replaces Curtis Weston.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Sam Togwell.

  20. Post update

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