SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Tuesday October 20th, 7.45pm
PTS Academy Stadium
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Christopher Missilou 7
Danny Rose 29
SWINDON TOWN 1
Tyler Smith 76 pen
Cobblers: Jonathan Mitchell, Michael Harriman, Cian Bolger, Fraser Horsfall, Nicky Adams (sub Mark Marshall 85), Jack Sowerby, Christopher Missilou, Sam Hoskins, Ricky Korboa, Danny Rose (sub Ryan Watson 77), Benny Ashley-Seal (sub Harry Smith 46)
Subs not used: Steve Arnold, Joe Martin, Luka Racic, Caleb Chukwuemeka
Swindon: Matej Kovar, Paul Caddis, Jonathan Grounds, Mathieu Baudry, Jonny Smith, Matthew Smith, Akinwale Odimayo, Jack Payne (sub Diallang Jaiyesimi 55), Jordan Stevens (sub Joel Grant 64), Anthony Grant, Hallam Hope (sub Tyler Smith 70)
Subs not used: Taylor Curran, Joe Fryer, Toby Holland
Referee: Jarred Gillett
Cobblers: Cian Bolger (51, 3rd of the season), Christopher Missilou (61, 3rd), Sam Hoskins (86, 2nd), Harry Smith (90, 1st)
Swindon: Diallang Jaiyesimi (65), Jonathan Grounds (81)
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.
The first of back-to-back home games saw Swindon Town visit the PTS Academy Stadium under the floodlights. Jonathan Mitchell was named in goal with Nicky Adams, Christopher Missilou and Benny Ashley-Seal also coming into the side.
Immediately on the front foot, the Cobblers were rewarded for a bright start with an early goal, Christopher Missilou heading in the rebound after Matej Kovar could only parry Nicky Adams' shot. It was a well-worked team goal, Benny Ashley-Seal also involved in the build-up with some neat interplay with Adams who got his shot away after a good run into the Swindon area.
The Cobblers were pressing for a second goal when there was a chance for Swindon on the counter-attack, Jonathan Mitchell forced into a good save to deny Jack Payne.
Ricky Korboa and Danny Rose both fired over but it wasn’t long before the latter soon had his first goal for the club, goalscorer Missilou turning provider as he played in Rose who beat Kovar with a cool finish.
Matthew Smith shot straight at Mitchell in a chance for Swindon who also went close through Hallam Hope before half-time, the one-time Cobblers loanee finding the side netting.
Cian Bolger made an important block to deny Jordan Stevens at the start of the second half with the Cobblers having made a change at the break, Harry Smith on for Ashley-Seal.
Stevens looked a threat for the visitors and he tested Mitchell just before the hour mark with a powerful cross/shot that the Cobblers keeper did well to hold on to. Jonathan Grounds then clipped the crossbar with a sharp volley as the Robins enjoyed a spell of pressure.
Jack Sowerby’s looping header was saved by Kovar as the Cobblers went close to a third goal but moments later Swindon were handed a chance to half the deficit from the penalty spot. Substitute Tyler Smith stepped up and despite the best efforts of Mitchell made it 2-1 with just under quarter of an hour to play.
Smith then had a chance to level the scores but after his first attempt was blocked by Mitchell his follow-up effort went wide. It was a nervous end to the game with an additional five minutes of stoppage time which the Cobblers saw out to claim the victory.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (5) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 7
CORNERS: (0) 0
FOULS: (7) 18
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (4) 5
SWINDON MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 9
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 4
CORNERS: (1) 5
FOULS: (11) 16
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 3