SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Tuesday March 23rd, 7.00pm
PTS Academy Stadium
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Sam Hoskins 55
OXFORD UNITED 0
Cobblers: Jonathan Mitchell, Peter Kioso, Lloyd Jones, Fraser Horsfall, Joseph Mills, Shaun McWilliams, Bryn Morris, Ryan Watson, Sam Hoskins, Mark Marshall (sub Ricky Korboa 85), Danny Rose (sub Benny Ashley-Seal 88)
Subs not used: Dylan Berry, Michael Harriman, Ryan Edmondson, Cian Bolger, Alex Jones
Oxford: Jack Stevens, Josh Ruffels, Elliott Moore, Alex Gorrin (sub Mark Sykes 65), Cameron Brannagan, Sam Winnall (sub Brandon Barker 66), Anthony Forde, Daniel Agyei, Rob Atkinson, Joe Grayson (sub Jamie Hanson 65), Olamide Shodipo (sub Matty Taylor 78)
Subs not used: Simon Eastwood, Robert Hall, Liam Kelly
Referee: Christopher Pollard
Cobblers: Sam Hoskins (33, 6th of the season)
10 cautions on or before 37 games; 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.
Danny Rose replaced Mickel Miller (hamstring) while the fit again Benny Ashley-Seal was named on the bench for the midweek clash with Oxford United at the PTS Academy Stadium.
The U’s, pushing for a play-off place, started brightly and it needed a goal line clearance from Ryan Watson with Jonathan Mitchell grabbing the loose ball to prevent the visitors taking the lead from an early corner. Lloyd Jones also made an important block to divert behind a shot from Rob Atkinson who made a vital interception of his own to block a fierce drive from Watson which looked destined for the bottom corner.
The Cobblers went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock just before the half-hour mark, Mark Marshall seeing a shot come back off the post with Watson’s follow-up into the side netting. It was an open game and in a couple of chances for Oxford, Jonathan Mitchell made a good save from Daniel Agyei while Josh Ruffels headed wide.
Teasing crosses from Marshall and Sam Hoskins almost led to the opening goal but despite both sides creating chances, the first half ended in deadlock at 0-0.
Ten minutes into the second half the Cobblers made the breakthrough, Sam Hoskins finding the bottom corner with a terrific finish after a flick on from Rose.
Mark Sykes, Jamie Hanson and Brandon Barker came on in a triple change for Oxford but it was the Cobblers who went close to a second, Watson just unable to poke home Fraser Horsfall’s nod down from a Joseph Mills free-kick.
Olamide Shodipo made way for Matty Taylor in the fourth change for the visitors with Ricky Korboa coming on for Marshall.
Ruffels volleyed over from 12-yards and Cameron Brannagan had a shot from distance tipped over by Mitchell before Ashley-Seal replaced Rose for the final few minutes which the Cobblers saw out in exemplary fashion to ensure they picked up a precious three points.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 2
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 6
CORNERS: (2) 3
FOULS: (9) 16
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
OXFORD MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 6
CORNERS: (5) 10
FOULS: (5) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0