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Leyton Orient 0-4 Northampton Town

Rod McDonald
Rod McDonald's spectacular overhead kick was his third goal of the season

Northampton made it seven straight wins and remained five points clear at the top of League Two as they brushed aside play-off hopefuls Leyton Orient.

Rod McDonald opened the scoring with an overhead kick from close range.

Ricky Holmes doubled the advantage with a volley from 20 yards before a late James Collins double sealed the game.

Northampton, who are 15 points ahead of fourth-placed Wycombe, also have a game in hand on their closest challengers Plymouth.

Leyton Orient player-manager Kevin Nolan told BBC Radio London:

"Not good enough, simple as. I thought Northampton were fantastic. They showed us what it takes if you want to be getting out of this division.

"We matched them in the first half but they contained us. They made us look ordinary in the second half.

"If you want to hit the heights and try and get out this league that's where you've got to get to."

Northampton manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

"There was nothing in the game in the first half, we had to endure a little bit of pressure - it was scrappy.

"We are there to be shot at and we understand that. Being top of the league, we have to handle that.

"Sometimes you need a little bit of magic to get you going. As soon as Rod produced a goal we were comfortable.

"We played like a side that really believes in themselves and drove the game forward."

Line-ups

Leyton Orient

  • 1Cisak
  • 34Hunt
  • 6Baudry
  • 16Brisley
  • 3Shaw
  • 12PayneSubstituted forPalmerat 85'minutes
  • 14MooreSubstituted forPritchardat 78'minutes
  • 44Nolan
  • 30Jahraldo-MartinSubstituted forGnanduilletat 66'minutes
  • 11McAnuff
  • 27Simpson

Substitutes

  • 2Clohessy
  • 4Essam
  • 9Palmer
  • 15Atangana
  • 18Pritchard
  • 21Grainger
  • 32Gnanduillet

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 2Moloney
  • 5Diamond
  • 18McDonald
  • 16Buchanan
  • 11HolmesSubstituted forTaylorat 81'minutes
  • 23Rose
  • 21O'Toole
  • 20MartinBooked at 33minsSubstituted forD'Athat 64'minutes
  • 19Collins
  • 9RichardsSubstituted forCresswellat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Taylor
  • 6Cresswell
  • 7D'Ath
  • 10Adams
  • 14Hoskins
  • 22Prosser
  • 26Clarke
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
6,131

Match Stats

Home TeamLeyton OrientAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home4
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leyton Orient 0, Northampton Town 4.

  2. Substitution

    Substitution, Leyton Orient. Ollie Palmer replaces Jack Payne.

  3. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leyton Orient 0, Northampton Town 4.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Leyton Orient 0, Northampton Town 4. James Collins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Ryan Cresswell replaces Marc Richards.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jobi McAnuff (Leyton Orient) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Leyton Orient 0, Northampton Town 3. James Collins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Shaun Brisley.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mathieu Baudry (Leyton Orient) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Jason Taylor replaces Ricky Holmes.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Leyton Orient. Bradley Pritchard replaces Sammy Moore.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jay Simpson (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town).

  14. Post update

    James Collins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Brisley (Leyton Orient).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

  17. Post update

    Kevin Nolan (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Leyton Orient. Armand Gnanduillet replaces Calaum Jahraldo-Martin.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Lawson D'Ath replaces Lee Martin.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Leyton Orient 0, Northampton Town 2. Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton29204555312464
2Plymouth30185746262059
3Oxford Utd291510448272155
4Wycombe3014793629749
5Portsmouth291212548262248
6Accrington27146747321548
7Mansfield32139104337648
8Bristol Rovers30145114032847
9Leyton Orient31121094645146
10Wimbledon29129846361045
11Cambridge31128114443144
12Carlisle2711974541442
13Exeter29117113941-240
14Luton31108134345-238
15Crawley31114163652-1637
16Morecambe31106155257-536
17Barnet29106133844-636
18Notts County28106124148-736
19Stevenage32810144254-1234
20Newport2979133343-1030
21Hartlepool2783162644-1827
22Yeovil3059163146-1524
23York2958163153-2223
24Dag & Red3048183054-2420
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