AFC Wimbledon 0 Northampton Town 2 - the match report
SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Saturday October 5, 3.00pm
Cherry Red Records Stadium
AFC WIMBLEDON 0
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Lee Collins 19
Stuart Dallas 73
Attendance: 4,222 (398 Cobblers fans)
AFC Wimbledon: Ross Worner, Barry Fuller, Callum Kennedy (sub Jack Midson 60), Sammy Moore, Andy Frampton (sub Jim Fenlon 46), Alan Bennett, George Francomb (sub Chris Arthur 46), Harry Pell, Michael Smith, George Porter, Luke Moore.
Subs not used: Rhys Weston, Seb Brown, Peter Sweeney, Tom Beere
Cobblers: Matt Duke, Kevin Amankwaah, Joe Widdowson, Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, Paul Reid, Lee Collins, Chris Hackett (sub Stuart Dallas 57), Gary Deegan, Darren Carter, Ian Morris, Roy O’Donovan (sub Ivan Toney (82)
Subs not used: Ben McNamara, Danny Emerton, Ben Tozer, Ishmel Demontagnac, Matty Harriott
Referee: Mr A D'Urso
AFC Wimbledon: Sammy Moore (44), George Porter (79)
Cobblers: Paul Reid (13, 1st of the season), Roy O'Donovan (48, 3rd), Chris Hackett (50, 3rd), Kevin Amankwaah (67, 2nd), Lee Collins (90, 1st)
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
AFC Wimbledon: 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.
Boss Aidy Boothroyd made one change to the side with Joe Widdowson returning at left-back. Ivan Toney dropped to the bench where he was joined by new loan signing Stuart Dallas from Brentford.
The Cobblers took the lead on 19 minutes, Lee Collins with his first goal for the club after getting on the end of a superbly delivered free-kick from Darren Carter to prod home.
Ian Morris then nearly added a second, heading just over from a Chris Hackett cross. Town then had a goal ruled out for off-side after a good initial save from Ross Worner to keep out a powerful strike from Gary Deegan.
AFC Wimbledon made a double change at half-time with one of those changes seeing the introduction of former Cobblers winger Chris Arthur.
Carter lashed a shot just wide from distance on 52 minutes before Hackett went off, Stuart Dallas coming on for his Town debut.
After a short spell of pressure from the home side Dallas delivered a terrific cross for Morris to get on the end of but the midfielder's header went wide.
Stuart Dallas then doubled the Cobblers lead on 73 minutes, the on-loan Brentford winger with a calm cool finish to beat Worner in the Dons goal after being played in by O'Donovan.
Ivan Toney came on for Roy O'Donovan in the Cobblers second change seconds before Matt Duke made a good save to keep out an effort from George Porter.
Duke made another good stop to deny Harry Pell in injury time as the Cobblers claimed their first three-point haul on the road this season.
WIMBLEDON MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 7
CORNERS: (3) 8
FOULS: (5) 8
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 4
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 8
CORNERS: (1) 1
FOULS: (9) 16
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 4
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta.