Exeter City v Northampton Town
SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Tuesday March 11th, 7.45pm
St James Park
EXETER CITY 0
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Ian Morris 56
Attendance: 2,785 (150 Cobblers fans)
Exeter: Artur Krysiak, Scot Bennett, Danny Coles, Jordan Moore-Taylor, Craig Woodman, David Wheeler (sub Jamie Reid 73), Matt Oakley, Matt Grimes, Liam Sercombe, Tom Nichols, Sam Parkin (sub Eliot Richards 61).
Subs not used: James Hamon, Danny Butterfield, Pat Baldwin, Arron Davies, Mathew Gill.
Cobblers: Matt Duke, Leon McSweeney, Zander Diamond, Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, Gregor Robertson, Chris Hackett, Gary Deegan, Darren Carter, Brennan Dickenson (sub Ian Morris 54), Emile Sinclair (sub David Moyo 83), John Marquis(sub Alan Connell 54)
Subs not used: Dean Snedker, Ben Tozer, Ivan Toney, Connor Roberts
Referee: Mr S Bratt
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.
Emile Sinclair, Chris Hackett and Brennan Dickenson all came into the Cobblers side for the long trip to Exeter, replacing Alan Connell, Ian Morris and Ricky Ravenhill (suspended). Sam Parkin, who had a season-long loan at Sixfields from Chelsea back in the early 2000s, started up front for the Grecians with former Town midfielder Arron Davies among the substitutes.
The first chance of the night fell to Exeter on 8 minutes, David Wheeler firing a shot into the side netting.
Sinclair had a sight of goal on 28 minutes but the striker couldn't keep his shot down after being played in by John Marquis. With the Cobblers enjoying a spell of pressure, Dickenson then saw a shot deflect comfortably into the arms of Artur Krysiak.
Chris Wilder made a double change early in the second half with Alan Connell and Ian Morris coming on for John Marquis and Brennan Dickenson.
A matter of minutes later Morris put the Cobblers in front, the midfielder with a cool finish following an excellent cross from Chris Hackett.
Krysiak saved a shot from skipper for the night Darren Carter on 70 minutes following a quick Cobblers counter attack.
The final 20 minutes passed with Exeter failing to really test Matt Duke and the Cobblers, who looked comfortable on their lead for the most part, claimed another vital victory.
EXETER MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 11
CORNERS: (3) 5
FOULS: (5) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 3
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (0) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 2
CORNERS: (1) 1
FOULS: (2) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (5) 7
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta.