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Oxford United 0-1 Northampton Town

Marc Richards struck a stoppage-time winner as Northampton snatched a dramatic derby victory over Oxford in front of a sell-out 11,790 crowd at the Kassam Stadium.

Substitute Harry Beautyman knocked Matt Taylor's corner back across goal and Richards stuck out a foot to flick the ball home at the far post.

That brought an end to Oxford's eight-game unbeaten run, but the U's only had themselves to blame with some wayward shooting and poor decision-making in the final third, as they failed to find the net at home for the first time this season.

Northampton created the better of what few chances there were in the opening hour.

Taylor's stinging shot from 20 yards was too hot to handle for U's goalkeeper Simon Eastwood but his defenders were on hand to clear.

Cobblers centre-half Lewis Nyatanga unbelievably headed a Taylor corner over the bar from just five yards.

At the other end Chris Maguire threatened from free-kicks and the Scot also forced Adam Smith into a smart save down at his right post, but Oxford struggled to get beyond the visitors' well-marshalled defence.

In the second half it was again Northampton who almost broke the deadlock, Paul Anderson somehow failing to turn in a Richards header back across the face of the goal.

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Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 16Edwards
  • 5Nelson
  • 33Dunkley
  • 28Johnson
  • 11MacDonald
  • 4Lundstram
  • 23Ledson
  • 19HallSubstituted forRobertsat 83'minutes
  • 10Maguire
  • 15HemmingsSubstituted forTaylorat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Skarz
  • 13Buchel
  • 14Ruffels
  • 18Rothwell
  • 20Taylor
  • 21Roberts
  • 25Raglan

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 18PhillipsBooked at 79mins
  • 6Zakuani
  • 22Nyatanga
  • 3Buchanan
  • 15PotterSubstituted forBeautymanat 86'minutes
  • 21O'TooleBooked at 36mins
  • 31TaylorBooked at 75mins
  • 4AndersonBooked at 87mins
  • 9Richards
  • 10RevellBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 5Diamond
  • 11Gorré
  • 12McCourt
  • 16Beautyman
  • 19Sonupe
  • 23Iaciofano
  • 26Cornell
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
11,790

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 0, Northampton Town 1.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Harry Beautyman (Northampton Town).

Delay in match (Oxford United).

Goal!

Goal! Oxford United 0, Northampton Town 1. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Harry Beautyman following a corner.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

Attempt saved. Alexander MacDonald (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Marvin Johnson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Beautyman (Northampton Town).

Hand ball by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Harry Beautyman (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Tyler Roberts (Oxford United).

Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Booking

Paul Anderson (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Anderson (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Harry Beautyman replaces Alfie Potter.

Attempt missed. Cheyenne Dunkley (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Tyler Roberts (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Tyler Roberts (Oxford United).

Aaron Phillips (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Tyler Roberts replaces Robert Hall.

Attempt missed. Alexander MacDonald (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Robert Hall (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Ryan Ledson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Aaron Phillips (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

Foul by Aaron Phillips (Northampton Town).

Foul by Robert Hall (Oxford United).

Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Robert Hall (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

Ryan Taylor (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town).

Cheyenne Dunkley (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Revell (Northampton Town).

Foul by Curtis Nelson (Oxford United).

Attempt missed. Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

Alex Revell (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe23146346202648
2Sheff Utd23145442231947
3Bolton23144530141646
4Rochdale2312383629739
5Bradford2391132819938
6Southend2310763428637
7Peterborough22106636241236
8Fleetwood239773428634
9Millwall2310493736134
10Bristol Rovers239683740-333
11Wimbledon238873428632
12Charlton2371062824431
13Northampton238693433130
14Oxford Utd238692828030
15Walsall237972631-530
16Gillingham238693137-630
17Port Vale2376102637-1127
18MK Dons2366112632-624
19Swindon2366112235-1324
20Bury2363143245-1321
21Shrewsbury2356122336-1321
22Chesterfield2363142742-1521
23Coventry2347122034-1419
24Oldham2239101226-1418
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