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Oxford United 0-1 Northampton Town

Marc Richards
Northampton captain Marc Richards has scored 18 goals in 35 appearances this season

Northampton equalled a 56-year-old club record as Marc Richards' penalty gave them an eighth successive victory - at the expense of promotion rivals Oxford.

Richards struck just before the hour mark, after John Mullins was penalised for handling the ball in the area.

The hosts managed just one shot on target in the game and winger Chris Maguire also struck the post.

Northampton are now eight points clear of second-placed Plymouth at the top and 18 ahead of Accrington in fourth.

Meanwhile, Oxford remain the in automatic promotion places, six points clear of Accrington despite the defeat.

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 13Buchel
  • 16Kenny
  • 5MullinsBooked at 45mins
  • 6WrightSubstituted forDunkleyat 76'minutes
  • 3Skarz
  • 4Roofe
  • 8Sercombe
  • 18Lundstram
  • 28MaguireBooked at 43minsSubstituted forIsmailat 85'minutes
  • 10HyltonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 73'minutes
  • 29Bowery

Substitutes

  • 1Slocombe
  • 11MacDonald
  • 14Ruffels
  • 15O'Dowda
  • 19Ismail
  • 22Long
  • 33Dunkley

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 2Moloney
  • 5Diamond
  • 16Buchanan
  • 18McDonaldBooked at 74mins
  • 11HolmesSubstituted forHoskinsat 75'minutes
  • 7D'Ath
  • 21O'TooleBooked at 45mins
  • 23RoseBooked at 45mins
  • 9RichardsSubstituted forMartinat 67'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19CollinsSubstituted forTaylorat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Taylor
  • 6Cresswell
  • 10Adams
  • 14Hoskins
  • 20Martin
  • 22Prosser
  • 26Clarke
Referee:
Keith Hill
Attendance:
9,559

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 0, Northampton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oxford United 0, Northampton Town 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Jason Taylor replaces James Collins.

Foul by Jordan Bowery (Oxford United).

Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Lee Martin (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Jonjoe Kenny.

Foul by Joe Skarz (Oxford United).

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

Attempt missed. Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by John Lundstram (Oxford United).

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Zeli Ismail replaces Chris Maguire.

Chris Maguire (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town).

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by David Buchanan.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Rod McDonald.

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Joe Skarz (Oxford United).

Lee Martin (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town).

Chris Maguire (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Cheyenne Dunkley replaces Jake Wright.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Sam Hoskins replaces Ricky Holmes.

Booking

Rod McDonald (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kemar Roofe (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rod McDonald (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Callum O'Dowda replaces Danny Hylton.

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town).

Chris Maguire (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Lee Martin replaces Marc Richards.

Chris Maguire (Oxford United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Lawson D'Ath.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Jake Wright.

Goal!

Goal! Oxford United 0, Northampton Town 1. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by John Mullins (Oxford United) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Rod McDonald (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Bowery (Oxford United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton30214556312567
2Plymouth30185746262059
3Oxford Utd301510548282055
4Accrington28147748331549
5Wycombe3014793629749
6Portsmouth291212548262248
7Mansfield32139104337648
8Bristol Rovers30145114032847
9Leyton Orient31121094645146
10Wimbledon29129846361045
11Cambridge31128114443144
12Carlisle28111074642443
13Exeter30117123943-440
14Notts County29116124450-639
15Luton31108134345-238
16Crawley31114163652-1637
17Morecambe31106155257-536
18Barnet29106133844-636
19Stevenage32810144254-1234
20Newport2979133343-1030
21Hartlepool2883172847-1927
22York3068163353-2026
23Yeovil3059163146-1524
24Dag & Red3048183054-2420
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