EFL CUP ROUND 1
Tuesday August 9th, 7.45pm
Josh Scowen 21
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Adam Davies 52 og
John-Joe O'Toole 114
Attendance: 4,455 (322 Cobblers fans)
Barnsley: Adam Davies, James Bree (sub Andy Yiadom 91), Marc Roberts, Alfie Mawson, Aidy White, Adam Hammill, Josh Scowen, Conor Hourihane, George Moncur (sub Ryan Kent 61), Tom Bradshaw (sub Stefan Payne 82), Marley Watkins
Subs not used: Nick Townsend, Angus MacDonald, Elliot Lee, Shaun Tuton
Cobblers: Adam Smith, Aaron Phillips, Zander Diamond, Gabriel Zakuani, David Buchanan, Harry Beautyman (sub Lawson D'Ath 79), John-Joe O’Toole, Matt Taylor, Kenji Gorre, Alfie Potter (sub Sam Hoskins 65), Alex Revell
Subs not used: David Cornell, Brendan Moloney, Joel Byrom, Marc Richards, Rod McDonald
Referee: Mr C Boyeson
Cobblers: Alfie Potter (46, 1st of the season), Aaron Phillips (74, 1st), John-Joe O'Toole (81, 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.
Northampton Town, in their new third kit, travelled to Championship side Barnsley in the first round of the EFL Cup. Alfie Potter replaced Marc Richards in the only change to the side with Brendan Moloney, sidelined for most of pre-season through injury, named on the bench.
After a bright opening 20 minutes from the Cobblers it was the home side who took the lead, Josh Scowen heading in from an Adam Hammill free-kick.
Adam Smith comfortably saved a James Bree shot from distance while Gabriel Zakuani did well to head clear as Barnsley threatened a second. The Cobblers, having held their own for the majority, ended the first half on top but went in to the break a goal down.
A goal-line clearance from Zakuani prevented Barnsley from doubling their lead at the start of the second half while Harry Beautyman was nearly in for the Cobblers, only to be denied by some last ditch defending from the home side.
Rob Page’s side were back on level terms from the subsequent corner when Tykes goalkeeper Adam Davies punched the ball into his own net following a Zakuani header.
The goal lifted the Cobblers and it took a good save from Davies to keep out a shot from Kenji Gorre. Adam Smith saved from Marley Watkins and Alfie Mawson headed wide as Barnsley looked to wrestle back the initiative.
Neither Zander Diamond or John-Joe O’Toole could quite force the ball home in a scramble from a corner as the Cobblers continued to cause the home side more problems in defence.
Watkins headed over when presented with a good chance from a Conor Hourihane corner and Hammill blasted over deep in stoppage time as the 90 minutes ended 1-1, setting up 30 minutes of extra-time.
Stefan Payne went close to restoring Barnsley’s lead at the start of extra-time, only to be denied by the angle of post and bar with Adam Smith beaten.
Another chance for Watkins came and went while the same player was thwarted by a Smith save as the home side pressed.
The Cobblers won it with a goal in the 114th minute, John-Joe O’Toole rising majestically to head home a Matt Taylor corner.
BARNSLEY MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 10
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 15
CORNERS: (1) 12
FOULS: (6) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 7
CORNERS: (2) 8
FOULS: (6) 13
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta