SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday January 24th 3.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 3
Ryan Cresswell 13
John-Joe O'Toole 29
Lawson D'Ath 83
NEWPORT COUNTY 0
Attendance: 4,226 (269 away fans)
Cobblers: Matt Duke, Brendon Moloney, Ryan Cresswell, Lee Collins, Evan Horwood, John-Joe O’Toole (sub Ivan Toney 65), Jason Taylor, Joel Byrom, Lawson D’Ath, Marc Richards (sub Ben Tozer 84), Ricky Holmes (sub Chris Hackett 87)
Subs not used: Dean Snedker, Lewis Hornby, Darren Carter, Zander Diamond.
Newport: Joe Day, Ryan Jackson, Kevin Feely (sub Joe Parker 79), Darren Jones, Ismail Yakubu, Adam Chapman, Rene Howe (sub Aaron O'Connor 68), Chris Zebroski, Andy Sandell, Shaun Jeffers (sub Mike Flynn 58), Mark Byrne
Subs not used: Max Porter, Lee Minshull, Yan Klukowski, Jamie Stephens.
Referee: Mr D Deadman
Cobblers: Ryan Cresswell (80, 5th of the season)
Newport: Andy Sandell (50)
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.
Promotion hopefuls Newport County were the visitors to Sixfields as Cobblers boss Chris Wilder named the same starting eleven for a fourth consecutive game.
Town started firmly on the front foot with Ricky Holmes seeing a shot cleared off the line, Ryan Cresswell having a volley tipped onto the crossbar and a John-Joe O’Toole effort ruled out for off-side.
The goal the Cobblers had been threatening came on 13 minutes, Ryan Cresswell with a text book header from a corner.
Holmes fired over following a good run down the right by Lawson D’Ath before John-Joe O’Toole doubled Town’s lead just shy of the half hour mark, O’Toole nodding home from another Joel Byrom corner.
After a fairly uneventful 20 minutes at the start of the second half the Cobblers made their first change, Ivan Toney coming on for O’Toole.
As time progressed and the temperature dropped the Cobblers continued to look in control, comfortable at the back and a threat on the counter.
The Cobblers extended their lead on 83 minutes, Lawson D’Ath with a terrific strike into the bottom corner after cutting into the Newport area.
3-0 was how it finished, the Cobblers remaining unbeaten in 2015 as they made it 10 points from 4 games and 3 wins on the bounce.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (6) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 5
CORNERS: (4) 5
FOULS: (6) 9
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 2
NEWPORT MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 5
CORNERS: (2) 6
FOULS: (5) 13
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (4) 5
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta