Northampton Town 1 Millwall 3 - the match report
SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Saturday October 15th, 3.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Marc Richards 82
Lee Gregory 32
Calum Butcher 61
Steve Morison 89
Attendance: 6,908 (1,019 away supporters)
Cobblers: Adam Smith, Brendan Moloney, David Buchanan, Zander Diamond, Lewin Nyatanga, Jak McCourt, Paul Anderson (sub Kenji Gorre 85), John-Joe O’Toole, Harry Beautyman (sub Sam Hoskins 46), JJ Hooper (sub Marc Richards 65), Alex Revell
Subs not used: David Cornell, Gabriel Zakuani, Joel Byrom, Alfie Potter
Millwall: Jordan Archer, Joe Martin, Tony Craig, Shaun Williams, Ben Thompson (sub David Worrall 78), Lee Gregory (sub Nadjim Abdou 84), Fred Onyedinma, Mahlon Romeo (sub Shane Ferguson 64), Calum Butcher, Byron Webster, Steve Morison
Subs not used: Sid Nelson, Jamie Philpot, Alfie Pavey, Tom King
Referee: Mr Ben Toner
Cobblers: Jak McCourt (1, 4th of the season), Alex Revell (64, 4th)
Millwall: Shaun Williams (26), Calum Butcher (61), Joe Martin (86)
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
Cobblers: Jak McCourt (54, one match ban)
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.
Harry Beautyman came back into the Cobblers side, replacing the suspended Matt Taylor, as the Cobblers hosted Millwall on Sixfields' 22nd birthday. Gabriel Zakuani, back from international duty, was named on the bench while the Lions included three ex-Cobblers in their starting line-up, goalkeeper Jordan Archer, defender Byron Webster and striker Steve Morison.
Jak McCourt fired an early shot just over the bar while Steve Morison went close to opening the scoring with a strike from 40-yards that landed on the roof of Adam Smith’s net.
Millwall took the lead on 32 minutes, Lee Gregory with a cool finish beyond Smith following a swift counter-attack.
JJ Hooper fired over as the Cobblers looked to respond but it was the Lions who led at the break.
McCourt rattled the cross bar from 30-yards with Archer getting a vital touch but the midfielder’s afternoon was brought to a premature end when he was shown a second yellow card by referee Ben Toner for a foul on the halfway line.
Archer saved a Hooper header as the ten men looked to rally as they had done against the league leaders seven days earlier.
Calum Butcher doubled Millwall’s lead just after the hour mark despite appeals from Brendan Moloney that he had been fouled in the build-up.
Paul Anderson went close with a deflected effort and Alex Revell headed over as the home side refused to lie down.
The game was far from over and Marc Richards, on as a substitute, halved the Cobblers deficit with a goal ten minutes from time, heading in a Sam Hoskins cross.
Byron Webster spurned a good chance to restore the Lions two goal cushion as Kenji Gorre came on for the closing stages.
The Cobblers were pushing forward but in their efforts to score an equaliser they were caught at the back and Steve Morison made it 3-1 with a lobbed effort over Smith, sealing the Lions victory.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (0) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 7
CORNERS: (1) 4
FOULS: (6) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1
MILLWALL MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 8
CORNERS: (0) 4
FOULS: (12) 22
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta