SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Saturday October 24th, 3.00pm
PTS Academy Stadium
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
CHARLTON ATHLETIC 2
Darren Pratley 54
Jack Sowerby 59 og
Cobblers: Jonathan Mitchell, Michael Harriman, Cian Bolger, Fraser Horsfall, Luka Racic (sub Mark Marshall 70), Nicky Adams (sub Benny Ashley-Seal 62), Jack Sowerby, Christopher Missilou, Sam Hoskins, Ricky Korboa (sub Caleb Chukwuemeka 63), Danny Rose
Subs not used: Steve Arnold, Ryan Watson, Harry Smith, Shaun McWilliams
Charlton: Ben Amos, Chris Gunter, Akin Famewo, Jonathan Williams (sub Conor Washington 77), Jake Forster-Caskey, Omar Bogle, Alfie Doughty (sub Andrew Shinnie 66), Ian Maatsen, Dylan Levitt (sub Darren Pratley 46), Ryan Inniss, Paul Smyth
Subs not used: Albie Morgan, Marcus Maddison, Ben Watson, Ashley Maynard-Brewer
Referee: Sam Allison
Cobblers: Luka Racic (12, 2nd of the season), Michael Harriman (65, 1st), Sam Hoskins (81, 3rd)
Charlton: Jake Forster-Caskey (82)
5 cautions on or before 19 games; 1 match suspension
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.
It was a windy afternoon at the PTS Academy Stadium as Northampton Town welcomed Charlton Athletic for the second of back-to-back home games. Luca Racic came back into the defence in the only change made by Keith Curle with Benny Ashley-Seal dropping to the bench.
The Cobblers started brightly in the merky conditions and would have taken the lead but for an instinctive save from Ben Amos, a Nicky Adams free-kick setting up the chance for Sam Hoskins and his shot from close range was somehow kept out by the Charlton goalkeeper.
Adams' set pieces were posing a real threat and another of his free-kicks lead to an appeal for a penalty when Danny Rose may have been tripped in the area. Referee Sam Allison was unmoved however and Charlton cleared the danger.
Darren Pratley replaced Dylan Levitt for the Addicks at half-time and it was the former Swansea City man who made the breakthrough, Omar Bogle heading the ball down from a corner for Pratley to smash home from close range.
Paul Smyth then had a chance to make it 2-0 from another corner but failed to test Jonathan Mitchell. It was only a temporary reprieve however, Charlton doubling their lead just before the hour mark when the unfortunate Jack Sowerby turned in Alfie Doughty’s cross.
Benny Ashley-Seal and Caleb Chukwuemeka came on and nearly combined to pull a goal back before Mark Marshall replaced Racic in the Cobblers final change.
In the heavy rain, Rose created a chance for Ashley-Seal but the substitute couldn’t keep his shot down. Hoskins poked an effort just wide from a tight angle late on and Charlton, only relegated from the Championship on the final day of last season, claimed the points.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 5
CORNERS: (3) 8
FOULS: (8) 15
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 2
CHARLTON MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 2
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 2
CORNERS: (2) 6
FOULS: (8) 16
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0