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NORTHAMPTON TOWN 3 PORTSMOUTH 1

Northampton Town 3 Portsmouth 1 - the match report

12 September 2017

SKY BET LEAGUE 1      
Tuesday September 12th, 7.45pm      
Sixfields

NORTHAMPTON TOWN 3
Chris Long 18, 70
Matt Crooks 32

PORTSMOUTH 1
Matty Kennedy 49

Attendance: 5,855 (1,153 away fans)

Cobblers: Matt Ingram, Brendan Moloney, David Buchanan, Ash Taylor, Aaron Pierre, Matt Crooks, Shaun McWilliams (sub Yaser Kasim 29), Matt Grimes, George Smith (sub Daniel Powell 56), Chris Long, Alex Revell (sub Marc Richards 77)
Subs not used: David Cornell, Leon Barnett, Regan Poole, Billy Waters 
 
Portsmouth: Luke McGee, Damien McCrory, Matt Clarke, Christian Burgess, Stuart O’Keefe, Brett Pitman, Matty Kennedy, Jamal Lowe, Conor Chaplin, Nathan Thompson, Adam May (sub Ben Close 58)
Subs not used: Curtis Main, Dion Donohue, Kal Naismith, Kyle Bennett, Drew Talbot, Alex Bass 

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Booked:
Cobblers: Matt Crooks (90, 3rd of the season) 
Portsmouth: Nathan Thompson (11), Matt Clarke (42), Jamal Lowe (62)

5 cautions on or before 19 games; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 32 games; 2 match suspension      
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension

Sent off:
Cobblers: none      
Portsmouth: 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.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink named an unchanged side for his second game in charge as the Cobblers welcomed Portsmouth to Sixfields on a wet and windy night in Northampton.

Matty Kennedy curled a shot just over from distance and a Matt Grimes free-kick somehow evaded everybody in a fairly quiet opening fifteen minutes.

The Cobblers made the breakthrough on 18 minutes, Burnley loanee Chris Long with a neat side-foot finish having been played in by academy graduate Shaun McWilliams.

McWilliams' night was prematurely ended minutes later when he had to leave the field on a stretcher after picking up a serious looking injury. Yaser Kasim his replacement.

Matt Crooks doubled the Cobblers lead from close range on 35 minutes, Matt Grimes free-kick causing all sorts of problems for Luke McGee and the Pompey defence. 

Portsmouth tried to rally and almost halved the deficit when a header back from Ash Taylor, under pressure from Brett Pitman, struck the post. Stuart O’Keefe was then denied by a finger-tip save from Matt Ingram deep into first half stoppage time.

Kenny Jackett’s side pulled a goal back early in the second half, Matty Kennedy scoring from the edge of the area.

Daniel Powell came on for George Smith in the Cobblers second change of the night before Jamal Lowe went close for Pompey.

Chris Long restored the Cobblers two goal lead on 70 minutes, his second goal of the game a confident finish at the back post following a ball in from Brendan Moloney.

Ingram made a superb point-blank save to deny Pompey centre-back Christian Burgess and the Cobblers keeper soon followed that up with a tremendous diving stop to keep out a shot from Stuart O’Keefe.

There was no way back for the visitors though as the Cobblers recorded back-to-back victories, making it the perfect first week in charge for new boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)     
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 1
CORNERS: (1) 3          
FOULS: (2) 10        
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 4

PORTSMOUTH MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)      
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 10
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 8
CORNERS: (2) 7
FOULS: (10) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 4


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PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY FOR PORTSMOUTH GAME

Ticket details, plus search policy

12 September 2017

Northampton Town welcome Portsmouth to Sixfields on Tuesday night.

Tickets for the game will be on sale on arrival. Please visit the main ticket office if you are looking to purchase tickets.

If collecting pre-ordered match tickets, please visit the ticket point opposite the main entrance, if collecting season tickets please visit the main ticket office.

Please note that tickets for forthcoming games and season tickets are still on sale, but for the hour before kick off the ticket office will be selling Portsmouth match tickets only.

Remember, you can beat the queues by buying match tickets via ntfcdirect.co.uk and printing your tickets at home! 

As part of increased security measures, a 100% search policy will be in operation. Because of this, supporters are advised to arrive as early as possible. 

Three points isn't the only priority on Tuesday, making sure everyone goes home safe is the most important result.

Northampton Town have been working closely with the police and the EFL, over the summer, to review security at Sixfields. Now we are asking you to do your bit.

Following the dreadful Manchester Arena bombing in May, stadium managers from clubs have been briefed by counter terrorism police.

It is vital that everyone - players, staff and supporters - remain vigilant and report any concerns to stewards or police.

Attacks might be rare, and the chance of you being caught up in one unlikely, but the message is #ActionCountersTerrorism.

Here's a quick reminder of what you can do to help keep yourself and others safe:
• Arrive early, allowing more time for security checks
• Minimise what you carry, fewer bag searches will speed up entry to the ground
• Be vigilant at all times and if you see anything suspicious, tell a steward right away
• If you see anything that could pose an immediate threat to safety, call 999
• In an emergency, listen to the Public Address instructions and follow them
• If told to evacuate, do so immediately, do not wait around to film events on your mobile
• Move right away from the stadium as quickly as possible for your safety and to allow clear access for any emergency vehicles
• Once you are safe, follow Northamptonshire Police on Twitter for updates

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