AFC Wimbledon 1 Northampton Town 1 - the match report
SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Tuesday September 29th, 7.45pm
Cherry Red Records Stadium
AFC WIMBLEDON 1
Adebayo Azeez 24
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
John-Joe O'Toole 36
Attendance: 3,525 (309 Cobblers fans)
AFC Wimbledon: James Shea, Barry Fuller, Paul Robinson, Semi Ajayi, Jon Meades, Dannie Bulman, Jake Reeves, Andy Barcham, Adebayo Azeez (sub Sean Rigg 69), Adebayo Akinfenwa (sub Lyle Taylor 44), George Francomb (sub Egil Kaja 83).
Subs not used: Joe McDonnell, Callum Kennedy, Ryan Sweeney, Christian Toonga.
Cobblers: Adam Smith, Darnell Furlong, Zander Diamond, Shaun Brisley (sub Ryan Cresswell 64), David Buchanan, John-Joe O’Toole, Joel Byrom, Lawson D’Ath (sub Chris Hackett 86), Nicky Adams, Marc Richards, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (sub Sam Hoskins 58)
Subs not used: Ryan Clarke, Ryan Watson, Josh Lelan, Evan Horwood
Referee: Mr A Haines
AFC Wimbledon: Semi Ajayi (67), Paul Robinson (75)
5 cautions on or before 30 November; 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.
Marc Richards and John-Joe O’Toole came into the Cobblers side for the midweek trip to AFC Wimbledon while David Buchanan was also passed fit to start after coming off at half-time against Leyton Orient. Alfie Potter (dead leg) was unavailable for selection but Ryan Cresswell (knee) was named on the bench.
George Francomb headed an early chance wide for Wimbledon while Paul Robinson blocked a Dominic Calvert-Lewin shot.
Wimbledon took the lead on 24 minutes, Adebayo Azeez capitalising on a defensive error to score.
The Cobblers responded well to going behind and Chris Wilder’s side were back on level terms on 35 minutes, John-Joe O’Toole rising to head home a David Buchanan cross.
Former Cobblers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa had to be replaced by the home side just before half-time after picking up an injury, Lyle Taylor coming on.
Adebayo Azeez had a chance to put Wimbledon back in front at the start of the second half, the striker sending the ball wide from close range. Azeez was then denied by a good save from Adam Smith as the Dons looked to make their pressure pay.
Sam Hoskins came on for Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the Cobblers first change of the night. Shaun Brisley then had to be replaced after picking up an injury, Ryan Cresswell introduced.
Richards had a shot blocked at close range as the game entered the final 15 minutes still very much in the balance. A deflected shot from Nicky Adams was saved by James Shea before the same player shot narrowly wide.
Sean Rigg missed from four yards as both sides continued to press for a winner in the closing stages but there wasn’t to be one as the game ended all square.
AFC WIMBLEDON MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (5) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 8
CORNERS: (3) 8
FOULS: (5) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 2
CORNERS: (5) 11
FOULS: (6) 12
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta