The FA Cup - Third Round
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Northampton Town 2-2 MK Dons

Two second-half goals from Ricky Holmes helped League Two side Northampton earn an FA Cup third round replay with Championship strugglers MK Dons.

Cobblers defender Ryan Cresswell put the Dons ahead when he turned Lee Hodson's cross into his own goal.

The hosts drew level shortly after the break, Holmes curling a shot into the top corner from just outside the box.

He fired in from Sam Hoskins' pass for his second, before Nicky Maynard equalised late on to force the replay.

The Cobblers were aiming to reach the fourth round for the first time since 2004, but the Dons took an early lead when Cresswell diverted the ball past Adam Smith under pressure from Simon Church.

Holmes looked to have secured an upset victory, but Maynard spared his side's blushes as he stabbed home from Ben Reeves's drilled cross.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder: "We're in a great position in the league and we're producing great performances like today. We feel a bit disappointed not to have beaten a Championship side in the FA Cup.

"It's mixed emotions, we played so well and thought we'd done enough to get into the fourth round but it wasn't to be. We desperately needed that third goal and if we'd have got it I think that would have been enough.

"We got two good goals and we're a bit disappointed by their equaliser, we had chances to clear it. The first goal was an own goal and the equaliser was a deflection."

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson: "We're still in the fourth-round draw and that's the main thing, now we can take them back to stadium:mk and have another go there.

"When you look at some of the results today you can see what a great competition it is and we're still in it. If we can win the replay then we're in the fourth round.

"For the first 15 minutes we were excellent and for the last 15 minutes we were excellent. In the middle hour we were poor and we have to have a look at that.

"Northampton might be disappointed not to be through but we've had disappointments all season and that's the way football is. It was a derby, we've not been at our best but we're still in the hat for the next round."

Line-ups

Northampton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Smith
  • 2Moloney
  • 18McDonald
  • 6Cresswell
  • 16Buchanan
  • 8Byrom
  • 21O'Toole
  • 10AdamsSubstituted forTaylorat 89'minutes
  • 14HoskinsSubstituted forHackettat 77'minutes
  • 11HolmesSubstituted forD'Athat 64'minutes
  • 9Richards

Substitutes

  • 3Horwood
  • 4Taylor
  • 5Diamond
  • 7D'Ath
  • 12Lelan
  • 22Hackett
  • 26Clarke

MK Dons

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Cropper
  • 12Spence
  • 5McFadzeanSubstituted forUpsonat 61'minutes
  • 16Walsh
  • 2Hodson
  • 44Forster-Caskey
  • 10Reeves
  • 9Bowditch
  • 38Hall
  • 31MurphySubstituted forMaynardat 61'minutes
  • 11ChurchSubstituted forCarruthersat 61'minutesBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 4Upson
  • 14Carruthers
  • 15Randall
  • 19Hitchcock
  • 28Maynard
  • 29Burns
  • 30Brittain
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
5,878

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Northampton Town 2, MK Dons 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Northampton Town 2, MK Dons 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Cody Cropper.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Jason Taylor replaces Nicky Adams.

  6. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Rod McDonald.

  7. Booking

    Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Samir Carruthers (MK Dons).

  9. Post update

    Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Northampton Town 2, MK Dons 2. Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ben Reeves.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nicky Adams (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

  16. Post update

    Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

  18. Post update

    Samir Carruthers (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Chris Hackett replaces Sam Hoskins.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Robert Hall (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.