Walsall v Northampton Town
SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Saturday February 4th, 3.00pm
Matt Preston 64
Erhun Oztumer 69
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
John-Joe O'Toole 23
Attendance: 4,965 (941 Cobblers fans)
Walsall: Neil Etheridge, Joe Edwards, James O'Connor, Jason McCarthy, Adam Chambers, Florent Cuvelier (sub Scott Laird 85), Erhun Oztumer, Isaiah Osbourne (sub George Dobson 79), Matt Preston, Amadou Bakayoko (sub Simeon Jackson 62), Eoghan O'Connell
Subs not used: Craig MacGillivray, Kieron Morris, Will Randall, Andreas Makris
Cobblers: Adam Smith, Neal Eardley, David Buchanan, Zander Diamond (sub Rod McDonald 49), Lewin Nyatanga, Hiram Boateng (sub Harry Beautyman 76), Matt Taylor, John-Joe O’Toole, Luke Williams, Keshi Anderson (sub Michael Smith 68), Marc Richards
Subs not used: Paul Anderson, Jak McCourt, Aaron Phillips, David Cornell
Referee: Robert Jones
Walsall: Michael Dobson (90)
Cobblers: Marc Richards (36, 4th of the season), David Buchanan (88, 6th)
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.
New loan signing, Portsmouth striker Michael Smith, had to be content with a place on the bench as boss Justin Edinburgh named an unchanged starting eleven for the trip to Walsall. Gabriel Zakuani, back from the African Cup of Nations with DR Congo, was ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Referee Robert Jones turned down an early penalty appeal from the Cobblers following what appeared to be a push on Marc Richards. The first opening for Walsall came on 14 minutes, Eoghan O'Connell’s low shot beating Adam Smith but not the post.
John-Joe O’Toole broke the deadlock midway through the first half, O’Toole providing the final touch after Walsall’s goalkeeper Neil Etheridge failed to claim Matt Taylor’s crossed free-kick from out wide.
Walsall upped the tempo as the game approached half-time but the Cobblers defence stood firm and Adam Smith remained untroubled.
WALSALL MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 6
CORNERS: (2) 4
FOULS: (7) 15
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 6
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 9
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (0) 5
CORNERS: (1) 5
FOULS: (7) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 3
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta