Northampton Town 1 Milton Keynes Dons 0 - the match report
JOHNSTONE'S PAINT TROPHY 1ST ROUND
Tuesday September 4th, 7.45pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
]Jake Robinson 11
MILTON KEYNES DONS 0
Attendance: 3,444 (1,349 away fans)
Cobblers: Lee Nicholls, Danny East, Joe Widdowson, Kelvin Langmead, Anthony Charles, Jake Robinson (sub Paul Turnbull 76), Ben Tozer, Louis Moult (sub Alex Nicholls 82) Ishmel Demontagnac (sub Lewis Wilson 71), Adebayo Akinfenwa, Henoc Mukendi.
Subs not used: Dean Snedker, Claudio Dias
MK Dons: David Martin, Shaun Williams, Stephen Gleeson, Dean Bowditch, Charlie MacDonald, Alan Smith (sub Jay O'Shea 69), Adam Chicksen, Jimmy Bullard (sub Luke Chadwick 56), Daniel Powell, Anthony Kay, Mason Spence (sub Jabo Ibehre 69).
Subs not used: Ryan Lowe, Brendan Galloway
Referee: Mr C Berry
Cobblers: Adebayo Akinfenwa (89, 3rd of the season), Lee Nicholls (90, 1st)
MK Dons: Anthony Kay (16), Mason Spence (68)
5 cautions on or before 31 December; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 11 April; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
MK Dons: 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.
The Cobblers were forced into making a number of changes for their third game in six days with David Artell, Luke Guttridge, Ben Harding, Chris Hackett and Clive Platt all unavailable due to injury.
Henoc Mukendi, Ishmel Demontagnac and Louis Moult made their first starts for the club in a competitive fixture while youth teamer Claudio Dias was named on the bench.
Jake Robinson put the Cobblers in front on 11 minutes with a terrific volley from 25-yards.
Ben Tozer saw a free-kick deflected behind while Louis Moult fired wide after being set up by Adebayo Akinfenwa. Charlie MacDonald then shot over for Dons.
Lee Nicholls made a good save to deny Dean Bowditch in first-half stoppage time.
Eleven minutes into the second half and the Dons made a change with Luke Chadwick replacing Jimmy Bullard.
Stephen Gleeson saw a shot saved by Nicholls as the game neared the midway point of the second half.
Akinfenwa headed wide from a Ben Tozer long throw before the Dons made a double substitution.
The Cobblers responded with a change of their own, Lewis Wilson coming on for Ishmel Demontagnac, Paul Turnbull then replaced goalscorer Jake Robinson.
Nicholls saved comfortably from Bowditch while Wilson shot over on the break. Alex Nicholls then replaced Louis Moult in the Cobblers final change.
David Martin parried away a shot from Henoc Mukendi while at the other end Dons substitute Jabo Ibehre couldn’t direct his shot on target when well-placed in front of goal.
Five minutes of stoppage time were signalled but the Cobblers saw that out to book their place in the second round.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 7
CORNERS: (1) 2
FOULS: (9) 20
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
MK DONS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (6) 8
CORNERS: (3) 6
FOULS: (7) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by the Press Association.