SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday February 13th, 3.00pm
LEYTON ORIENT 0
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 4
Rod McDonald 55
Ricky Holmes 64
James Collins 84, 90
Attendance: 6,131 (1,135 Cobblers fans)
Leyton Orient: Alex Cisak, Nicky Hunt, Mathieu Baudry, Shaun Brisley, Frazer Shaw, Calaum Jahraldo (sub Armand Gnaduillet 67), Jack Payne (sub Ollie Palmer 87), Sammy Moore (sub Bradley Pritchard 78), Jobi McAnuff, Kevin Nolan, Jay Simpson.
Subs not used: Charlie Grainger, Connor Essam, Sean Clohessy, Nigel Atangana.
Cobblers: Adam Smith, Brendan Moloney, Zander Diamond, Rod McDonald, David Buchanan, John-Joe O’Toole, Danny Rose, Ricky Holmes (sub Jason Taylor 81), Lee Martin (sub Lawson D'Ath 65), Marc Richards (sub Ryan Cresswell 87), James Collins
Subs not used: Ryan Clarke, Luke Prosser, Nicky Adams, Sam Hoskins
Referee: Mr Paul Tierney
Leyton Orient: none
Cobblers: Lee Martin (32, 5th of the season)
10 cautions on or before 12 March; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Leyton Orient: none
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.
Two in-form sides met at Brisbane Road as the Cobblers began a busy run of fixtures.
Danny Rose, making his Cobblers debut, was a late replacement for Joel Byrom who appeared to pick up an injury in the warm-up, while for Leyton Orient, player manager Kevin Nolan and Shaun Brisley, who had a loan spell at Sixfields earlier in the campaign, both started.
After a cautious start from both sides James Collins had the first real opening of the afternoon but the striker put his shot wide at the near post.
A couple of chances for Orient saw Jobi McAnuff testing Adam Smith with a low drive and Jay Simpson glancing a header just wide.
After a quiet start to the second half the deadlock was broken in some fashion by Rod McDonald on 54 minutes, the centre-half with a perfectly executed overhead kick into the top corner.
The goal from McDonald spurred the Cobblers on and they made their dominance pay with a second ten minutes later, Ricky Holmes smashing a volley in from fully 25-yards.
Lawson D’Ath, having signed a new two and a half year contract with the club in the week, came on for Lee Martin in the Cobblers first change as Armand Gnaduillet came on for Orient.
Nicky Hunt blocked a shot from Marc Richards as the Cobblers threatened a third before Jay Simpson failed to find the target when well-placed in front of goal.
James Collins made it 3-0 with a close range finish on 84 minutes and the Cobblers and Collins weren’t done there, Collins netting a second in injury time having been played in by D’Ath.
4-0 was how it finished, the Cobblers superb second half performance leading to their sixth successive away win and their 16th win in their last 19 games.
LEYTON ORIENT MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 4
CORNERS: (2) 3
FOULS: (4) 8
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 4
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (0) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 3
CORNERS: (1) 2
FOULS: (9) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 2
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta