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Northampton Town 2-2 Oldham Athletic: Cobblers & Latics relegated

Ash Taylor celebrates a goal for Northampton
Ash Taylor's goal put Northampton ahead before half-time - a goal which eventually cost Oldham their place in League One

Northampton Town and Oldham Athletic were both relegated from League One following their final-day draw.

Northampton required a win by at least nine goals to stand any chance of survival, while Oldham entered the game knowing they would be safe if they matched Rochdale's result against Charlton.

However, the draw at Sixfields and Rochdale's 1-0 win meant the Cobblers and the Latics will drop down to the fourth tier along with MK Dons and Bury.

Oldham looked to be closing in on survival when George Edmundson's first goal for the club, a shot from 15 yards, put them ahead.

But they then surrendered their first-half advantage and fell behind by half-time.

Matt Grimes converted a penalty to level after Sam Hoskins was fouled, and Cobblers captain Ash Taylor pounced on a rebound to complete the turnaround.

At that stage Oldham were in the relegation spots, and Thomas Haymer headed their equaliser to put Rochdale back in the bottom four, only for Joe Thompson to net Dale's winner at Spotland and send the Latics down by a point.

Latics drop after 21 years in third tier

After a nightmare start to the season which cost John Sheridan his job, Oldham gave themselves every chance of avoiding the drop with a strong last third of the campaign under Richie Wellens.

However, too many draws towards the end, including a last-minute penalty equaliser conceded against Gillingham in the final weeks of the campaign, kept them moored towards the wrong end of the table.

They lost only one of their final nine league games, but failure to win at Northampton ended 21 years of consecutive third-tier football and dropped them into the bottom rung of the English Football League for the first time since 1971.

Northampton's relegation finally confirmed

A season of off-pitch turmoil has been similarly chaotic on it, with Northampton going back down to England's fourth tier after just two seasons in League One.

Chinese firm Guangzhou-based 5USport, which bought a 60% share in June 2017, was forced to sell back its stake due to "investment restrictions".

And while the board has moved to reassure fans that the club is financially secure, the team's performances have been anything but reassuring.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink took over as manager from Justin Edinburgh on a three-year-deal in September 2017 with the Cobblers bottom of the table.

They climbed to as high as 18th in January but, by the time the former Chelsea striker was sacked in early April, Northampton had slipped back down to 22nd after a winless nine-game run.

Edinburgh's former Tottenham team-mate Dean Austin took over as caretaker boss for the final few weeks of the season, but could not steer the club to safety.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 13O'Donnell
  • 2Moloney
  • 6Taylor
  • 5Barnett
  • 3Buchanan
  • 8FoleySubstituted forBridgeat 71'minutes
  • 17McWilliamsBooked at 84minsSubstituted forRobertsat 90+6'minutes
  • 29Grimes
  • 11Powell
  • 21O'Toole
  • 14Hoskins

Substitutes

  • 1Cornell
  • 10van Veen
  • 26Poole
  • 36Bridge
  • 37Turnbull
  • 40Roberts
  • 42Luckassen

Oldham

  • 19Placide
  • 23Hunt
  • 34Haymer
  • 15Edmundson
  • 3Moimbé
  • 18Pringle
  • 6GardnerBooked at 49minsSubstituted forBenyuat 74'minutes
  • 29Byrne
  • 27NepomucenoSubstituted forDaviesat 57'minutes
  • 12NazonSubstituted forHollowayat 83'minutes
  • 13Doyle

Substitutes

  • 1de la Paz
  • 7Benyu
  • 9Davies
  • 10Holloway
  • 16McEleney
  • 20Stott
  • 30Obadeyi
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
6,511

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamOldham
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 2, Oldham Athletic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 2, Oldham Athletic 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Morgan Roberts replaces Shaun McWilliams.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Rob Hunt.

Attempt saved. Craig Davies (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Matt Grimes (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Oldham Athletic).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Thomas Haymer.

Booking

Shaun McWilliams (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Shaun McWilliams (Northampton Town).

Jack Byrne (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Aaron Holloway replaces Duckens Nazon.

Matt Grimes (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Byrne (Oldham Athletic).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by George Edmundson.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Johny Placide.

Attempt saved. Matt Grimes (Northampton Town) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Daniel Powell (Northampton Town).

Wilfried Moimbé (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Duckens Nazon (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Kundai Benyu replaces Dan Gardner.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Jack Bridge replaces Sam Foley.

Attempt missed. Ash Taylor (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Thomas Haymer.

Foul by Daniel Powell (Northampton Town).

Rob Hunt (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Oldham Athletic) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

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

Foul by Dan Gardner (Oldham Athletic).

Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Byrne (Oldham Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Craig Davies replaces Gevaro Nepomuceno.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 2, Oldham Athletic 2. Thomas Haymer (Oldham Athletic) header from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Byrne following a set piece situation.

Foul by Sam Foley (Northampton Town).

Duckens Nazon (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Johny Placide.

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

Attempt missed. Dan Gardner (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Ash Taylor (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Rob Hunt.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan462911689296098
2Blackburn462812682404296
3Shrewsbury462512960392187
4Rotherham462471573532079
5Scunthorpe4619171065501574
6Charlton462011155851771
7Plymouth461911165859-168
8Portsmouth46206205756166
9Peterborough461713166860864
10Southend461712175862-463
11Bradford46189195767-1063
12Blackpool461515166055560
13Bristol Rovers461611196066-659
14Fleetwood46169215968-957
15Doncaster461317165252056
16Oxford Utd461511206166-556
17Gillingham461317165055-556
18Wimbledon461314194758-1153
19Walsall461313205366-1352
20Rochdale461118174957-851
21Oldham461117185875-1750
22Northampton461211234377-3447
23MK Dons461112234369-2645
24Bury46812264171-3036
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