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Northampton Town 2-1 Crawley Town

Northampton celebrate
Northampton celebrate Ricky Holmes' opening goal

League Two champions Northampton Town extended their unbeaten run to 21 matches with victory over Crawley.

After a goalless first half, Cobblers striker John Marquis was fouled by Lanre Oyebanjo in the box and Ricky Holmes fired in the resultant penalty.

Rod McDonald and Holmes hit the bar for the hosts before John-Joe O'Toole doubled their lead from close range.

Gwion Edwards' free-kick reduced the deficit, but the visitors saw Andy Bond sent off soon after.

Crawley Town boss Mark Yates told BBC Surrey:

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Yates on Northampton v Crawley

"You know they set traps, but more than anything else they work harder than any team and they're good in possession.

"The back four are all comfortable with the ball and they are a blueprint of how we need to be.

"We're a million miles apart at the moment in terms of them being champions and we're nowhere near it.

"We have to learn and have to say 'How can we improve?' and decide which players are going to be here next season.

"How are we going to play and how we can emulate or copy them and get the energy levels within our team?"

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 12Lelan
  • 5Diamond
  • 18McDonaldBooked at 84mins
  • 16Buchanan
  • 21O'Toole
  • 23Rose
  • 11HolmesSubstituted forCresswellat 90+4'minutes
  • 14Hoskins
  • 10AdamsSubstituted forPotterat 66'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 27MarquisSubstituted forD'Athat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Taylor
  • 6Cresswell
  • 7D'Ath
  • 8Byrom
  • 15Potter
  • 19Collins
  • 26Clarke

Crawley

  • 1Rose
  • 2OyebanjoSubstituted forYoungat 88'minutes
  • 5McNerney
  • 6BradleyBooked at 58mins
  • 31DunneBooked at 90mins
  • 8Smith
  • 22BondBooked at 86mins
  • 15FenelonSubstituted forDeaconat 81'minutes
  • 24SutherlandSubstituted forAshtonat 82'minutes
  • 7Edwards
  • 9Barnard

Substitutes

  • 4Walton
  • 12Preston
  • 14Young
  • 16Ashton
  • 20Deacon
  • 25Yorwerth
  • 30Della Verde
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
5,327

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away0
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 2, Crawley Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 2, Crawley Town 1.

Foul by Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town).

Sonny Bradley (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

David Buchanan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Charles Dunne (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ryan Cresswell replaces Ricky Holmes.

Booking

Charles Dunne (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).

Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Lewis Young replaces Lanre Oyebanjo.

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dismissal

Andy Bond (Crawley Town) is shown the red card.

Foul by Andy Bond (Crawley Town).

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 2, Crawley Town 1. Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

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

Foul by Rod McDonald (Northampton Town).

Roarie Deacon (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Charles Dunne.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Jon Ashton replaces Frankie Sutherland.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Roarie Deacon replaces Shamir Fenelon.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Lawson D'Ath replaces John Marquis.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 2, Crawley Town 0. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rod McDonald.

Attempt blocked. Rod McDonald (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left from a direct free kick.

Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Frankie Sutherland (Crawley Town).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

Foul by Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town).

Lanre Oyebanjo (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Buchanan (Northampton Town).

Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Alfie Potter (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Alfie Potter (Northampton Town).

Shamir Fenelon (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Rod McDonald (Northampton Town) hits the bar with a left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left.

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton432711577443392
2Accrington432212970482278
3Oxford Utd432114877413677
4Plymouth432381263412277
5Bristol Rovers432371368432576
6Portsmouth421815969412869
7Wimbledon4219111262491368
8Wycombe431713134438664
9Cambridge4317121462521063
10Exeter431712146057363
11Leyton Orient431712145860-263
12Mansfield431711156051962
13Luton43188175857162
14Carlisle431516126160161
15Barnet431610176063-358
16Hartlepool43156224963-1451
17Notts County43139215276-2448
18Crawley43138224571-2647
19Yeovil431014193854-1644
20Morecambe43128236685-1944
21Stevenage431013204866-1843
22Newport431012214261-1942
23York43712244979-3033
24Dag & Red43610273977-3828
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