SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Saturday October 14th, 3.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
AFC WIMBLEDON 1
Harry Forrester 61
Attendance: 5,306 (501 away fans)
Cobblers: Matt Ingram, Brendan Moloney, David Buchanan, Ash Taylor, Aaron Pierre, Shaun McWilliams (sub John-Joe O'Toole 78), Matt Grimes, Lewis McGugan (sub Dean Bowditch 67), Daniel Powell, Sam Hoskins (sub Sam Foley 85), Billy Waters
Subs not used: David Cornell, Regan Poole, Yaser Kasim, George Smith
AFC Wimbledon: George Long, Barry Fuller, Will Nightingale, George Francomb, Harry Forrester (sub Jimmy Abdou 73), Liam Trotter, Andy Barcham, Tom Soares, Egil Kaja (sub Deji Oshilaja 73), Darius Charles, Lyle Taylor (sub Cody McDonald 90)
Subs not used: Paul Robinson, Callum Kennedy, Joe McDonnell, Anthony Hartigan
Referee: Mr Graham Salisbury
Cobblers: Billy Waters (37, 1st of the season), Brendan Moloney (52, 2nd), Shaun McWilliams (61, 2nd), John-Joe O'Toole (88, 1st)
AFC Wimbledon: Andy Barcham (34)
5 cautions on or before 19 games; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 32 games; 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.
Shaun McWilliams, Lewis McGugan, Daniel Powell, Billy Waters and Sam Hoskins all came into the side as boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink made five changes for the visit of AFC Wimbledon. Alex Revell (suspended) and Marc Richards (thigh strain) joined the list of absentees. John-Joe O’Toole (groin) was named on the bench for the first time this season.
Chances were at a premium in the first half but it took a 42nd minute finger tip save from Dons keeper George Long to touch a powerful Daniel Powell shot over the bar.
Powell headed wide following a positive start to the second half from the Cobblers. There was a moment of danger at the other end when McWilliams did well to intercept a header at the back post from Andy Barcham.
Wimbledon made the breakthrough on 61 minutes, Lyle Taylor playing in Harry Forrester and his shot went in off the post despite Cobblers keeper Matt Ingram getting a hand to it.
The Cobblers responded well to falling behind, a vital clearance denying Sam Hoskins a certain equaliser from Ash Taylor's driven cross.
Barcham fired over from 10-yards before John-Joe O’Toole came on with just over ten minutes to go. Fellow substitute Dean Bowditch then went close with a shot from distance.
Sam Foley had a shot blocked as the Cobblers pressed in stoppage time but there was to be no late equaliser for the home side and the Dons held on to claim the three points.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (0) 4
CORNERS: (1) 5
FOULS: (3) 8
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 3
AFC WIMBLEDON MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 4
CORNERS: (3) 5
FOULS: (4) 12
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 4