SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Tuesday September 26th, 7.45pm
MILTON KEYNES DONS 0
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Attendance: 11,340 (2,566 Cobblers fans)
MK Dons: Lee Nicholls, George Williams, Scott Wootton, Gbolu Ariyibi, Ousseynou Cisse, Osman Sow (sub Robbie Muirhead 79), Scott Golbourne, Ryan Seager (sub Aidan Nesbitt 55), Aaron Tshibola (sub Kieran Agard 71), Callum Brittain, Alex Gilbey
Subs not used: Wieger Sietsman, Dean Lewington, Ed Upson, Ethan Ebanks-Landell
Cobblers: Matt Ingram, Brendan Moloney, David Buchanan, Ash Taylor, Aaron Pierre, Regan Poole, Matt Grimes, Matt Crooks (sub Dean Bowditch 46), Alex Revell (sub Marc Richards 87), Raheem Hanley (sub Sam Hoskins 72), Daniel Powell
Subs not used: David Cornell, Leon Barnett, Billy Waters, Yaser Kasim
Referee: Mr Christopher Sarginson
MK Dons: none
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
MK Dons: 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.
Raheem Hanley replaced Chris Long (hamstring) in the only change to the Cobblers side for the midweek trip to MK Dons. Alex Revell and Daniel Powell lined up against their former club while former Cobblers loanee Lee Nicholls was in goal for the home side.
The Cobblers started brightly, Powell shooting wide and Matt Crooks seeing a shot from distance deflected into the arms of Nicholls in an encouraging opening fifteen minutes.
Gboly Ariyibi went close for the Dons on 37 minutes, his shot whistling just wide of Matt Ingram’s upright. Revell couldn’t keep his shot down towards the end of the first half before Crooks fired a shot into the side netting in stoppage time, injuring himself in the process.
Dean Bowditch replaced Crooks for the second half which began with Powell testing Nicholls in the Dons goal while Ingram tipped over a powerful drive from Aaron Tshibola. Bowditch had a shot saved with Powell just failing to follow-up as the game reached the hour mark.
Sam Hoskins came on for Hanley in the Cobblers second change with the game still very much there for the taking. Having only just come on Hoskins almost immediately set up a chance for Bowditch whose shot was comfortably saved by Nicholls.
Marc Richards came on for the closing stages but despite late Cobblers appeals for a penalty on Aaron Pierre and Dons substitute Kieran Agard hitting the side netting the sides couldn’t be separated and the game ended goalless.
MK DONS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 6
CORNERS: (1) 3
FOULS: (4) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 3
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 7
CORNERS: (1) 6
FOULS: (4) 8
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 2