SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Tuesday August 16th, 7.45pm
OLDHAM ATHLETIC 0
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Attendance: 3,327 (Cobblers fans not confirmed)
Oldham: Connor Ripley, Josh Law, Cameron Burgess, Peter Clarke, Charles Dunne, Ousmane Fane, Paul Green, Ryan Flynn (sub Marc Klok 89), Lee Croft (sub Calaum Jahraldo-Martin 64), Lee Erwin, Billy McKay (sub Darius Osei 82)
Subs not used: Chris Kettings, Brian Wilson, Ollie Banks, George Edmundson
Cobblers: Adam Smith, Aaron Phillips, Zander Diamond, Gabriel Zakuani, David Buchanan, John-Joe O’Toole (sub Joel Byrom 70), Matt Taylor, Kenji Gorre, Alfie Potter (sub Harry Beautyman 60), Sam Hoskins, Alex Revell (sub Marc Richards 77)
Subs not used: David Cornell, Brendan Moloney, Emmanuel Sonupe, Lewin Nyatanga
Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge
Oldham: Peter Clarke (84)
Cobblers: John-Joe O'Toole (64, 2nd of the season), Matt Taylor (67, 1st), Gabriel Zakuani (69, 1st), Marc Richards (84, 1st), Zander Diamond (86, 2nd), Aaron Phillips (90, 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.
Sam Hoskins replaced Harry Beautyman in the only change to the Cobblers side for what was their third consecutive away game in a week. Billy McKay, who spent two seasons at Sixfields between 2009 and 2011, started up front for Oldham.
A superb early save from Connor Ripley kept out an Alex Revell header - the Cobblers striker prodding the rebound over - while Zander Diamond saw a shot blocked, both chances created from Matt Taylor set-pieces.
As Oldham enjoyed a spell of pressure later in the half it took a goal line clearance from Aaron Phillips to prevent Lee Erwin from opening the scoring. Sam Hoskins then appeared to have a shot blocked by a raised arm inside the Oldham penalty area on the cusp of half time but the referee waved away the Cobblers appeals.
Kenji Gorre had a shot blocked at the start of the second half before Harry Beautyman came on for Alfie Potter on the hour mark.
Joel Byrom and Marc Richards both came on as Rob Page made his final two changes, John-Joe O’Toole and Alex Revell making way.
Latics substitute Calaum Jahraldo-Martin was denied by a block tackle from David Buchanan while Gorre, sent clear by a throughball from Hoskins, put his shot wide when off balance.
That chance for Gorre proved to be the Cobblers last of the night but they still left Oldham with a point, making it three draws from their opening three league games back in League One.
OLDHAM MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 6
CORNERS: (3) 9
FOULS: (5) 12
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 2
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 5
CORNERS: (2) 2
FOULS: (5) 13
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 2
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta