Northampton Town 0-0 Oxford United

Northampton missed a penalty and both goalkeepers were in fine form as they played out a goalless stalemate with Oxford at Sixfields.

Northampton had the better of a scrappy first half in which both defences were on top and chances were few and far between.

Aaron Phillips tested Simon Eastwood with a long-range shot and Marc Richards headed onto the roof of the net for the Cobblers.

Matt Taylor also had a free-kick deflected over, and from his ensuing corner, the unmarked Zander Diamond headed off target.

Michael Smith headed wide for the hosts before Oxford began to offer more of a threat in the final third, with Conor McAleny curling an effort wide and Antonio Martinez firing a shot over the bar.

After the restart Liam Sercombe fired wide for Oxford before Northampton missed a glorious opportunity to break the deadlock when they were awarded a penalty, only for Taylor's spot-kick to be superbly saved by Eastwood.

Northampton still sensed the breakthrough, but Richards fired into the side-netting and Paul Anderson failed to convert from Phillips' excellent cross.

Oxford had a couple of good chances late on as Curtis Johnson had a shot tipped onto the bar by Smith, who then foiled a Kane Hemmings effort.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd392310674443079
2Bolton39229862342875
3Fleetwood391912855361969
4Bradford391618552361666
5Scunthorpe3918101166462064
6Southend3917121060471363
7Millwall381612105345860
8Rochdale38169136155657
9Bristol Rovers401512135859-157
10Oxford Utd39168155146556
11Peterborough401510155554155
12Walsall391314124749-253
13Wimbledon391215124948151
14Northampton40148185763-650
15MK Dons391212154849-148
16Charlton391017124946347
17Bury401210185764-746
18Oldham401015152739-1245
19Gillingham401112175168-1745
20Shrewsbury391110184155-1443
21Port Vale381012164259-1742
22Swindon40109214159-1839
23Chesterfield4089233866-2833
24Coventry40711223360-2732
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