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NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0 MK DONS 2

Northampton Town 0 MK Dons 2 - the match report

12 January 2021

PAPA JOHN'S TROPHY, 3RD ROUND
Tuesday January 12th, 7.45pm      
PTS Academy Stadium

NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0

MK DONS 2
Stephen Walker 27, 83 pen

Cobblers: Jonathan Mitchell, Michael Harriman, Fraser Horsfall, Cian Bolger, Joseph Mills (sub Caleb Chukwuemeka 80), Sam Hoskins, Jack Sowerby (sub Christopher Missilou 87), Shaun McWilliams, Ryan Watson, Benny Ashley-Seal (sub Harry Smith 64), Danny Rose (sub Ricky Korboa 46)
Subs not used: Dylan Berry, Max Dyche, Nicky Adams
 
MK Dons: Lee Nicholls, Dean Lewington, Richard Keogh, Regan Poole, Scott Fraser (sub Lewis Johnson 80), Stephen Walker, Andrew Surman (sub Ben Gladwin 71), Lasse Sorensen, Joe Mason (sub Cameron Jerome 71), Daniel Harvie (sub Jack Davies 89), Matthew Sorinola
Subs not used: Andrew Fisher, Tali Jallow, Charlie Smith

Referee: Craig Hicks

Booked:
Cobblers: Ryan Watson (86)
MK Dons: none

Sent off:
Cobblers: none      
MK Dons: none

Joseph Mills returned to the Northampton Town side following a three-month injury lay-off for the Papa John’s last 16 tie against MK Dons at the PTS Academy Stadium. Steve Arnold was initially named in goal but in a late change had to be replaced by Jonathan Mitchell with Dylan Berry coming onto the bench.

Ryan Watson fired over after a tentative opening few minutes. MK Dons briefly thought they had taken the lead when Joe Mason put the ball in the back of the net on 16 minutes but the off-side flag was already up.

Mitchell saved from Scott Fraser but the Dons were growing into the contest and the breakthrough came before the half hour mark, on-loan Middlesbrough striker Stephen Walker with a neat chip over Mitchell having been played in by Fraser.

Danny Rose headed wide from a Sam Hoskins cross as the Cobblers responded while it needed a smart save from Mitchell to prevent Mason doubling the visitors lead before the break.

Keith Curle made a change at half-time with Ricky Korboa replacing Rose and the substitute had a chance to equalise when his initial shot was blocked, Lee Nicholls making the save on the follow-up.

Harry Smith came on for Benny Ashley-Seal with Cameron Jerome and Ben Gladwin on in a double change for the Dons. Jerome was presented with an opportunity to shoot after a mis-communication at the back but Mitchell made a good save with his legs.

Cian Bolger headed straight at Nicholls from a Mills corner before the latter made way for Caleb Chukwuemeka.

The Dons doubled their lead from the penalty spot, Stephen Walker scoring his second goal of the night after Jerome was brought down by Bolger. Watson had a shot saved by Nicholls in injury time, the Dons having done enough to book their place in the next round.


COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)     
SHOTS ON TARGET: (0) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 2
CORNERS: (1) 3        
FOULS: (9) 18     
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 4

MK DONS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)      
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (0) 1
CORNERS: (0) 2
FOULS: (6) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 2

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