Northampton Town 1 MK Dons 2 - the match report
CAPITAL ONE CUP FIRST ROUND
Tuesday August 6th, 7.45pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Roy O'Donovan 76
MK DONS 2
Ben Reeves 12
Jason Banton 53
Attendance: 3,486 (1,138 away fans)
Cobblers: Matt Duke, Kevin Amankwaah (sub Ishmel Demontagnac 70), Matt Heath, Lee Collins, Joe Widdowson, Ben Tozer, Gary Deegan, Ian Morris, Danny Emerton (sub David Moyo 85), JJ Hooper (sub Ivan Toney 74), Roy O’Donovan.
Subs not used: Dean Snedker, Claudio Dias, David Artell.
MK Dons: Ian McLoughlin, Jon Otsemobor, Tom Flanagan, Lee Hodson, Shaun Williams, Stephen Gleeson, Ben Reeves, Dele Alli (sub Luke Chadwicl 61), Patrick Bamford (sub Izale McLeod 69), George Baldock, Jason Banton (sub Brendan Galloway 79)
Subs not used: David Martin, Alan Smith, Antony Kay
Referee: Mr C Sarginson
Cobblers: Matt Heath (43, 1st of the season), Gary Deegan (48, 2nd), Roy O'Donovan (78, 1st)
MK Dons: Ben Reeves (90)
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.
With Darren Carter suspended, JJ Hooper came into the side for the Capital One Cup first round tie against MK Dons.
Matt Duke pulled off two fine saves in the opening ten minutes, denying Jason Banton and Patrick Bamford as the League One side starter the brighter.
MK Dons then took the lead on 12 minutes, Ben Reeves with a shot from just inside the Cobblers area that went in via the inside of the post.
A point blank save from Duke prevented Shaun Williams from doubling Dons lead just before the half hour mark. Roy O’Donovan had the Cobblers first real attempt on goal, his audacious lob over Ian McLoughlin landing on the roof of the net.
Jason Banton doubled the Dons lead on 53 minutes, the on-loan Crystal Palace winger reacting quickly to stab the ball home from close range after Duke had saved an intial effort from a corner.
Former Cobblers loanee George Baldock spurned a good opportunity to make it 3-0 just after the hour mark.
The Cobblers first change came on 70 minutes, Ishmel Demontagnac replacing Kevin Amankwaah. Ivan Toney then came on for JJ Hooper. Toney was quickly involved in the action but his effort was blocked before Gary Deegan fired a shot wide.
Roy O’Donovan then did pull a goal back on 76 minutes, his right-footed shot from Toney's flick finding the bottom left hand corner of the Dons net.
As the Cobblers continued to crank up the pressure, a goal bound shot from Danny Emerton struck the referee while Matt Heath went close with a header. Demontagnac saw a shot blocked by Lee Hodson before David Moyo came on for Emerton.
Demontagnac set up Moyo with a fabulous throughball but the young striker couldn’t quite get his shot on target. Another terrific save from Duke kept out a flicked header from Brendan Galloway in stoppage time and it was the Dons who booked their place in round two of the 2013/14 Capital One Cup.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 6
CORNERS: (3) 5
FOULS: (5) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 3
MK DONS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (5) 14
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 5
CORNERS: (2) 7
FOULS: (4) 5
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 5
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