SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday November 16th, 3.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Luke Norris 90
FLEETWOOD TOWN 0
Attendance: 4,076 (144 away fans)
Cobblers: Matt Duke, Ben Tozer, Joe Widdowson, Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, Paul Reid, Chris Hackett (sub Stuart Dallas 46), Ricky Ravenhill, Kane Ferdinand, Danny Emerton (sub Ishmel Demontagnac 65), Jacob Blyth, Luke Norris (sub Ian Morris 90).
Subs not used: Ben McNamara, Darren Carter, Gary Deegan, JJ Hooper.
Fleetwood: Scott Davies, Stuart Murdoch (sub Matty Blair 55), Nathan Pond, Gareth Evans (sub Junior Brown 76), Steven Schumacher, Jeff Hughes, Conor McLaughlin, Ryan Cresswell, Antoni Sarcevic, Charlie Taylor, David Ball (sub Jon Parkin 34)
Subs not used: Mark Roberts, Liam Hogan, Emmanuel Dieseruvwe, David Lucas
Referee: Mr G Sutton
Cobblers: Mathias Kouo-Doumbe (32, 1st of the season)
Fleetwood: Conor McLaughlin (77), Jon Parkin (88), Antoni Sarcevic (90)
5 cautions on or before 31 December; 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.
Ben Tozer replaced the suspended Lee Collins at right-back for the visit of Sky Bet League Two leaders Fleetwood Town.
After a bright start from the Cobblers it was Fleetwood who went close to opening the scoring on 7 minutes, David Ball firing a shot against the crossbar.
With the Cobblers continuing to press a good challenge from Ricky Ravenhill set up a shooting opportunity for Jacob Blyth but his effort was comfortably saved by Scott Davies.
Fleetwood were forced into making a change just after the half hour mark with Jon Parkin replacing David Ball.
Luke Norris headed over from a Chris Hackett cross in first half stoppage time following the Cobblers 8th corner of the first half.
Stuart Dallas came on for Chris Hackett at half-time in the Cobblers first change. Fleetwood substitute Matty Blair shot straight at Matt Duke on 59 minutes while for the Cobblers Norris saw a low shot saved by Davies.
Danny Emerton made way for Ishmel Demontagnac on 65 minutes with the game still delicately poised.
Jeff Hughes spurned two good opportunities for Fleetwood as the visitors looked to up the momentum. Norris and Dallas then both saw shots blocked as the Cobblers enjoyed a spell of pressure of their own.
Luke Norris gave the Cobblers the lead in the 90th minute, the on-loan Brentford striker scoring with a superbly taken free-kick from the edge of the area. That proved to be the game’s defining moment as the Cobblers claimed the three points.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 7
CORNERS: (8) 9
FOULS: (7) 19
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 3
FLEETWOOD MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (0) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 6
CORNERS: (0) 5
FOULS: (6) 15
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta.