SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Saturday November 26th, 3.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
BOLTON WANDERERS 1
Zach Clough 25
Attendance: 7,018 (1,264 away fans)
Cobblers: David Cornell, Aaron Phillips, David Buchanan, Gabriel Zakuani, Lewin Nyatanga, Jak McCourt (sub John-Joe O'Toole 53), Matt Taylor, Paul Anderson (sub Alfie Potter 75), Sam Hoskins, Kenji Gorre (sub Marc Richards 54), Alex Revell
Subs not used: Adam Smith, Harry Beautyman, Rod McDonald, Raheem Hanley
Bolton: Ben Alnwick, Mark Beevers, Josh Vela, Jay Spearing, Zach Clough (sub Chris Taylor 88), Gary Madine (sub Jamie Proctor 81), Derik Oside Prieto, Andrew Taylor, Sammy Ameobi (sub James Henry 72), Lawrie Wilson, Tom Thorpe
Subs not used: Lewis Buxton, Dean Moxey, Keshi Anderson, Jake Turner
Referee: Darren Deadman
Cobblers: John-Joe O'Toole (71, 10th of the season, 2 match ban)
5 cautions on or before 30 November; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 11 April; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off.
Lewin Nyatanga, Aaron Phillips and Kenji Gorre all came into the Cobblers side as boss Rob Page made three changes for the visit of Bolton Wanderers. Brendan Moloney (knee) was ruled out prior to kick-off while Rod McDonald and John-Joe O’Toole dropped to the bench.
David Cornell saved a Sammy Ameobi shot on 9 minutes before Alex Revell went close to opening the scoring when his shot rattled the post.
Jay Spearing saw a shot blocked at close range as in-form Bolton continued to look bright going forward but the Cobblers were more than holding their own and Ben Alnwick was forced into a save from Sam Hoskins.
Zach Clough put Bolton in front on 25 minutes, finishing low beyond Cornell after a one-two with Ameobi.
With less than ten minutes gone in the second half John-Joe O’Toole and Marc Richards came on in a double change for the Cobblers, replacing Jak McCourt and Kenji Gorre.
The linesman’s flag and an off-side decision denied the Cobblers what would have been a deserved equaliser on 65 minutes, O’Toole appearing to get the final touch following a goal-mouth scramble.
Alnwick saved a shot from Hoskins as the Cobblers continued to press before O’Toole picked up his 10th yellow card of the campaign, incurring a two-match ban for the midfielder. Alfie Potter then came on for Paul Anderson in the Cobblers third and final change.
Matt Taylor’s deflected effort forced another save from Alnwick on 88 minutes, the Cobblers still pushing hard for an equaliser as the game approached injury time.
Taylor tested Alnwick again in stoppage time as Bolton held on to claim the three points.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 10
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 6
CORNERS: (1) 9
FOULS: (2) 6
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 2
BOLTON MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 4
CORNERS: (1) 3
FOULS: (3) 5
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta