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Northampton Town 2-1 Walsall

Chris Long scored a first-half brace as Northampton ended their six-game winless run with victory over Walsall at Sixfields.

The Cobblers had lost five of their last six matches but recovered from an early setback to down the in-form Saddlers and climb out of the League One relegation zone.

Walsall moved ahead after only 90 seconds when Northampton goalkeeper David Cornell lost possession to Amadou Bakayoko, who squared for Erhun Oztumer to stroke into the bottom corner.

But they were immediately pegged back as Long nodded in an equaliser just three minutes later after Mark Gillespie had brilliantly kept out John-Joe O'Toole.

Goalmouth action dried up thereafter but Northampton completed the turnaround late in the first half when Long, found by David Buchanan, shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

The Saddlers spent much of the second period chasing an equaliser but could not find it and they had Bakayoko sent off for a poor challenge in stoppage-time, with Northampton's Matt Crooks also seeing red.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Cornell
  • 2Moloney
  • 6Taylor
  • 16Pierre
  • 3Buchanan
  • 29GrimesBooked at 79mins
  • 21O'Toole
  • 37McGuganSubstituted forMcGivernat 90+5'minutes
  • 8FoleyBooked at 64mins
  • 22CrooksBooked at 90mins
  • 19LongSubstituted forPooleat 90+6'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Waters
  • 9Richards
  • 17McWilliams
  • 20Smith
  • 24McGivern
  • 26Poole
  • 30Coddington

Walsall

  • 1Gillespie
  • 15KinsellaSubstituted forDevlinat 82'minutes
  • 14Wilson
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3Leahy
  • 7Chambers
  • 8CuvelierSubstituted forEdwardsat 22'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 19Ismail
  • 10Oztumer
  • 11MorrisSubstituted forAgyeiat 65'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 20BakayokoBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Edwards
  • 6Devlin
  • 9Jackson
  • 17Flanagan
  • 24Roberts
  • 32Agyei
  • 37Ganley
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
5,055

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home8
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 2, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 2, Walsall 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Regan Poole replaces Chris Long.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ryan McGivern replaces Lewis McGugan.

Dismissal

Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) is shown the red card.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Matt Crooks (Northampton Town).

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

Sam Foley (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nicky Devlin (Walsall).

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

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Grimes (Northampton Town).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Attempt blocked. Ash Taylor (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Nicky Devlin (Walsall).

Matt Grimes (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Nicky Devlin replaces Liam Kinsella.

Booking

Matt Crooks (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matt Crooks (Northampton Town).

Booking

Matt Grimes (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Grimes (Northampton Town).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

Attempt blocked. Chris Long (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Daniel Agyei (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Daniel Agyei (Walsall).

Aaron Pierre (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Crooks (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Luke Leahy (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Brendon Moloney.

Attempt missed. Sam Foley (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Mark Gillespie.

Attempt saved. Matt Grimes (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Joe Edwards (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Walsall).

Chris Long (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Daniel Agyei replaces Kieron Morris.

Booking

Sam Foley (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan21153342123048
2Shrewsbury21135328141444
3Blackburn21134439192043
4Bradford2213363526942
5Scunthorpe22116528171139
6Charlton2110562926335
7Portsmouth2211292724335
8Oxford Utd228773527831
9Rotherham2293103632430
10Peterborough218583332129
11Walsall217772930-128
12Southend227782534-928
13Fleetwood217682932-327
14Blackpool227692730-327
15Oldham227693640-427
16Bristol Rovers2290133340-727
17MK Dons226882532-726
18Doncaster2266102227-524
19Gillingham225892025-523
20Northampton2264121838-2022
21Rochdale214982328-521
22Plymouth2256111831-1321
23Wimbledon2155111526-1120
24Bury2145121929-1017
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