SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Tuesday November 21st, 7.45pm
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 2
Sonny Bradley 31, 52
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Attendance: 7,610 (number of Cobblers fans not confirmed.)
Plymouth: Remi Matthews, Gary Sawyer, Yann Songo'o, Antoni Sarcevic, Graham Carey (sub Lionel Ainsworth 90), Jake Jervis (sub Alex Fletcher 87), Sonny Bradley, Joel Grant, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, David Fox, Toumani Diagouraga
Subs not used: Gary Miller, Nadir Ciftci, Ruben Lameiras, Gregg Wylde, Max Childs
Cobblers: Matt Ingram, Brendan Moloney, David Buchanan, Ash Taylor, Aaron Pierre (sub Leon Barnett 55), Lewis McGugan, Matt Grimes, Regan Poole (sub Marc Richards 62), Billy Waters (sub Dean Bowditch 67), Matt Crooks, Chris Long
Subs not used: David Cornell, Shaun McWilliams, Ryan McGivern, Sam Foley
Referee: Mr Antony Coggins
5 cautions on or before 19 games; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 37 games; 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.
Regan Poole replaced the injured John-Joe O’Toole in the Cobblers side for the midweek trip to Plymouth. Gregg Wylde, who spent the second half of the 2016/17 season on-loan at Sixfields from Millwall, was named on the Argyle bench.
Joel Grant’s deflected effort found the side netting in the closest either side came to opening the scoring in a tight first fifteen minutes at Home Park.
Sonny Bradley headed Plymouth in front just after the half hour mark, the centre-back on the end of a Graham Carey free-kick to nod the ball past Matt Ingram.
The Cobblers would have been back on level terms but for a smart save from Remi Matthews to keep out a close range header from Aaron Pierre.
Plymouth doubled their lead on 52 minutes and it was another Sonny Bradley header from a Graham Carey free-kick.
Leon Barnett then came on for Aaron Pierre in the Cobblers first change.
Chris Long had a chance to halve the deficit but his shot from a Matt Crooks flick on went agonisingly wide. Marc Richards then came on for Regan Poole with half an hour still to play. Billy Waters made way for Dean Bowditch in the Cobblers third and final change.
Bowditch curled a shot wide with stoppage time looming and that proved to be the last chance of the night for the Cobblers as Plymouth closed the game out to claim the three points.
PLYMOUTH MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 7
CORNERS: (2) 7
FOULS: (4) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 2
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 1
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 7
CORNERS: (3) 4
FOULS: (4) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1