Oxford United v Northampton Town
SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Monday December 26th, 3.00pm
OXFORD UNITED 0
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Marc Richards 90
Attendance: 11,790 (1,128 Cobblers fans)
Oxford: Simon Eastwood, John Lundstram, Curtis Nelson, Chris Maguire, Alex MacDonald, Kane Hemmings (sub Ryan Taylor 68), Phil Edwards, Rob Hall (sub Tyler Roberts 83), Ryan Ledson, Marvin Johnson, Chey Dunkley
Subs not used: Benji Buchel, Joe Skarz, Josh Ruffels, Joe Rothwell, Charlie Raglan
Cobblers: Adam Smith, Aaron Phillips, David Buchanan, Gabriel Zakuani, Lewin Nyatanga, John-Joe O’Toole, Matt Taylor, Paul Anderson, Alfie Potter (sub Harry Beautyman 86), Marc Richards, Alex Revell
Subs not used: David Cornell, Emmanuel Sonupe, Kenji Gorre, Zander Diamond, Joe Iaciofano, Jak McCourt
Referee: John Brooks
Cobblers: John-Joe O'Toole (36, 12th of the season), Alex Revell (44, 6th), Matthew Taylor (75, 4th), Aaron Phillips (79, 4th), Paul Anderson (87, 2nd)
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.
Adam Smith returned in goal for the Cobblers Boxing Day trip to Oxford United while Alfie Potter replaced Sam Hoskins (hamstring). Zander Diamond was named on the bench after missing the previous few weeks with a fractured cheekbone while injury continued to sideline Brendan Moloney and JJ Hooper.
Simon Eastwood fumbled a Matt Taylor shot on 15 minutes with a couple of lurking Cobblers players just unable to snaffle up the rebound.
Marc Richards and Paul Anderson both saw efforts deflected behind as Rob Page’s side pressed for the opening goal while Lewin Nyatanga headed on to the top of the bar from 10-yards.
Smith saved a Chris Maguire free-kick after John-Joe O’Toole had been booked, his 12th yellow card of the campaign.
OXFORD MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 8
CORNERS: (2) 4
FOULS: (5) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 8
CORNERS: (3) 4
FOULS: (8) 20
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 3
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta