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Northampton Town 3-0 Coventry City

Keshi Anderson's second-half hat-trick earned Northampton Town a much-needed League One victory over 10-man Coventry City.

The game was held up several times through flares being thrown on to the pitch and some Coventry supporters coming on to the playing area in protest at the club's owners.

But, on the Sky Blues' return to the ground where they played as tenants in 2013-14, it was the Cobblers who bagged the three vital points against the bottom club.

City received an early setback when they were reduced to 10 men after Jordan Willis was given a straight red card for a reckless challenge in the 19th minute.

The Cobblers had the better chances of a poor first half, but they began brightly after the restart, breaking the deadlock in the 53rd minute when a quick break ended with Richards finding Anderson in the box and he fired into the top corner.

John-Joe O'Toole was also denied by the excellent Burge as Cobblers got on top. And, after another delay, Cobblers doubled their advantage in the 64th minute.

Burge tipped over a shot from Anderson and, from Matt Taylor's ensuing corner, Zander Diamond set up Anderson, who fired home from six yards.

Burge produce more heroics to thwart Richards while O'Toole should have done better when he fired over from a good position, but Anderson completed his hat-trick in the 76th minute when he swept home a cross from Boateng into the bottom corner.

That led to more fans and flares coming onto the pitch but the delays failed to prevent Cobblers from picking up three crucial points to leave City in deep trouble - now eight points adrift of safety.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 32Eardley
  • 5Diamond
  • 22Nyatanga
  • 3Buchanan
  • 21O'Toole
  • 8BoatengSubstituted forAndersonat 87'minutes
  • 31Taylor
  • 35WilliamsSubstituted forBeautymanat 90+2'minutes
  • 9Richards
  • 7AndersonSubstituted forWyldeat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Anderson
  • 11Wylde
  • 12McCourt
  • 16Beautyman
  • 18Phillips
  • 26Cornell
  • 28McDonald

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 2WillisBooked at 19mins
  • 19Rawson
  • 7Clarke
  • 27ThomasSubstituted forKelly-Evansat 24'minutes
  • 31StevensonSubstituted forJonesat 72'minutes
  • 12Reilly
  • 24Haynes
  • 9Vernam
  • 20TudgaySubstituted forRoseat 71'minutes
  • 16Beavon

Substitutes

  • 4Turnbull
  • 5Bigirimana
  • 6Rose
  • 10Jones
  • 11Reid
  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 30Kelly-Evans
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
7,543

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home13
Away2
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 3, Coventry City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 3, Coventry City 0.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Charles Vernam.

Attempt saved. Ryan Haynes (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Neal Eardley.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Harry Beautyman replaces Luke Williams.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Nathan Clarke.

Foul by Paul Anderson (Northampton Town).

Jodi Jones (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Paul Anderson replaces Hiram Boateng because of an injury.

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Charles Vernam (Coventry City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Gregg Wylde replaces Keshi Anderson.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 3, Coventry City 0. Keshi Anderson (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hiram Boateng.

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jodi Jones replaces Ben Stevenson.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Andy Rose replaces Marcus Tudgay.

Attempt saved. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 2, Coventry City 0. Keshi Anderson (Northampton Town) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Zander Diamond.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Lee Burge.

Attempt saved. Keshi Anderson (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Delay in match (Coventry City).

Keshi Anderson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Stevenson (Coventry City).

Attempt saved. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 1, Coventry City 0. Keshi Anderson (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marc Richards.

Attempt saved. Neal Eardley (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Keshi Anderson (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Northampton Town 0, Coventry City 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Coventry City 0.

Attempt missed. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) header from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Callum Reilly.

Foul by Keshi Anderson (Northampton Town).

Dion Kelly-Evans (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Luke Williams (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Callum Reilly (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Ryan Haynes (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Scunthorpe28177456282858
2Sheff Utd29176653341957
3Bolton27155736211550
4Fleetwood29148743301350
5Bradford291213436241249
6Rochdale27143104136545
7Southend28111074035543
8Bristol Rovers29126114850-242
9Peterborough2811894037341
10Millwall2711794240240
11Charlton2791263527839
12Walsall2891183638-238
13Wimbledon2791083833537
14Oxford Utd27107103430437
15MK Dons2797113837134
16Northampton2996144248-633
17Gillingham2888123544-932
18Port Vale2788113142-1132
19Shrewsbury2978142841-1329
20Swindon2978142742-1529
21Bury2976164658-1227
22Chesterfield2875162845-1726
23Oldham28510131630-1425
24Coventry2849152342-1921
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