Oxford United 2 Northampton Town 0 - the match report
SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday October 12th, 3.00pm
OXFORD UNITED 2
James Contstable 44
Danny Rose 45 pen
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Attendance: 6,177 (910 Cobblers fans)
Oxford: Ryan Clarke, David Hunt, Jake Wright, Michael Raynes, Tom Newey, Sean Rigg (sub Ryan Williams 76), David Kitson, James Constable, Andrew Whing, Danny Rose, Johnny Mullins.
Subs not used: Deane Smalley, Asa Hall, Scott Davies, Max Crocombe, Matt Beavans, Josh Ruffels.
Cobblers: Matt Duke, Kevin Amankwaah, Lee Collins (sub Ivan Toney 46), Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, Paul Reid, Ben Tozer, Stuart Dallas, Gary Deegan, Darren Carter, Ian Morris (sub Danny Emerton 72), Roy O’Donovan (sub JJ Hooper 67)
Subs not used: Ben McNamara, Claudio Dias, Ishmel Demontagnac, Matty Harriott.
Referee: Mr D Deadman
Oxford: Danny Rose (79)
Cobblers: Lee Collins (34, 2nd of the season), Darren Carter (65, 4th), Ben Tozer (89, 2nd)
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
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.
Stuart Dallas and Ben Tozer both came into the side, replacing Chris Hackett (groin) and Joe Widdowson (hamstring).
After a bright start from the Cobblers, Gary Deegan played in Kevin Amankwaah who shot just wide. In Oxford's first attempt on goal, Matt Duke saved comfortably from Andrew Whing.
Darren Carter went close to breaking the deadlock on the half hour but his rasping shot from 25-yards went agonisingly wide of the U's goal, hitting the stanchion.
Oxford took the lead in the final minute of the first half, James Constable with a cool finish following a good flick on from Dave Kitson.
The U's were then awarded a penalty, Ben Tozer penalised for allegedly bringing down Constable. Danny Rose scored from the spot to make it 2-0.
Aidy Boothroyd made a change at half-time with Ivan Toney coming on for Lee Collins.
A good run and cross from Dallas set up Toney but his flick was cleared by Michael Raynes. From the following corner, Toney was then denied by Ryan Clarke.
JJ Hooper replaced Roy O'Donovan in the Cobblers second change. Danny Emerton then came on for Ian Morris.
With the game now having become very fragmented, Amankwaah blocked a shot from Constable. Amankwaah headed just wide in injury time as Oxford closed the game out to claim a 2-0 victory.
OXFORD MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (5) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 5
CORNERS: (2) 2
FOULS: (6) 16
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 4
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (0) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (7) 10
CORNERS: (3) 7
FOULS: (8) 15
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (6) 7
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta.