JOHNSTONE'S PAINT TROPHY
Tuesday October 6th 2015, 7.45pm
The New Den
Aiden O'Brien 70
Lee Gregory 74
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Attendance: 2,254 (212 Cobblers fans)
Millwall: Jordan Archer, Shaun Cummings, Tony Craig, Mark Beevers, Joe Martin (sub Fred Onyedinma 60), Aiden O'Brien, Jack Powell (sub Ben Thompson 60), George Saville, Lee Martin, Lee Gregory, Steve Morison
Subs not used: Harry Girling, Sid Nelson, John Marquis.
Cobblers: Ryan Clarke, Darnell Furlong, Ryan Cresswell, Shaun Brisley, David Buchanan, John-Joe O’Toole, Jason Taylor (sub Nicky Adams 67), Ryan Watson, Lawson D'Ath, Chris Hackett (sub Sam Hoskins 67), Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Subs not used: Adam Smith, Josh Lelan, Zander Diamond.
Referee: Mr I Williamson
Millwall: Lee Martin (35), Joe Martin (78)
Cobblers: Jason Taylor (62, 2nd of the season), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (66, 1st)
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.
Ryan Clarke, Jason Taylor (back from suspension), Ryan Watson, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Chris Hackett, playing against his former club, all came into the Cobblers side for their second round Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie away at League One side Millwall.
Jordan Archer, who had a loan spell at Sixfields during the 2014/15 season, started in goal for the Lions, who also included in their starting line-up former Cobblers striker Steve Morison.
After a scrappy opening to the game Aiden O'Brien was denied by the woodwork when his shot from a very tight angle struck the base of the post. Clarke then made a good double save to deny Morison as the home side looked to build up a head of steam.
Referee Iain Williamson turned down the Cobblers penalty appeals on 41 minutes, John-Joe O’Toole going down in the area under pressure from Jack Powell. In the final action of the first half, another fine save from Clarke was required to keep out a Morison header.
With clear cut chances for either side still proving hard to come by Chris Wilder made a double change on 65 minutes, Sam Hoskins and Nicky Adams coming on for Jason Taylor and Chris Hackett.
The deadlock was broken by Millwall on 70 minutes, Aiden O'Brien rifling the ball home having been played in by substitute Ben Thompson.
Lee Gregory quickly doubled the Lions lead, Morison’s cross providing the assist for his strike partner to score from close range.
The Cobblers came close to pulling a goal back almost immediately, Lawson D’Ath cruelly denied by the crossbar. Archer saved from O’Toole as Town continued to press but it wasn’t to be their night as they exited the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in South East London.
MILLWALL MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 9
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 6
CORNERS: (0) 3
FOULS: (4) 12
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 5
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 5
CORNERS: (0) 1
FOULS: (6) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta