SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Saturday September 16th, 3pm
SOUTHEND UNITED 2
Jason Demetriou 48
Anthony Wordsworth 50
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Leon Barnett 19
Matt Crooks 43
Attendance: 6,532 (428 Cobblers fans)
Southend: Mark Oxley, Jason Demetriou, Anton Ferdinand, Harry Kyprianou, Michael Timlin, Anthony Wordsworth (sub Jermaine McGlashan 61), Ryan Leonard, Dru Yearwood (sub Stephen Hendrie 62), Stephen McLaughlin (sub Theo Robinson 76), Simon Cox, Nile Ranger
Subs not used: Ted Smith, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Michael Klass, Elvis Bwomono
Cobblers: Matt Ingram, Brendan Moloney, David Buchanan, Ash Taylor, Leon Barnett, Matt Crooks, Yaser Kasim, Matt Grimes, Daniel Powell, Chris Long (sub Billy Waters 59), Alex Revell
Subs not used: David Cornell, Aaron Pierre, Marc Richards, Raheem Hanley, Dean Bowditch, Regan Poole
Referee: Mr Nicholas Kinseley
Southend: Michael Timlin (60), Dru Yearwood (62), Anton Ferdinand (90)
Cobblers: Matt Grimes (20, 1st of the season), Brendan Moloney (39, 1st), Matt Crooks (47, 4th), Leon Barnett (66, 1st)
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
Cobblers: Matt Crooks (90, second bookable offence, 1 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.
With Shaun McWilliams (foot) and George Smith both unavailable for selection, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was forced into making changes to the side that had recorded back-to-back victories in his first two games in charge. Yaser Kasim and Daniel Powell replaced the injured pair while Leon Barnett also came into the side for Aaron Pierre. Raheem Hanley, included in the matchday 18 for the first time in 2017, was named on the bench. Former Cobblers loanee Simon Cox started up front for Southend alongside Nile Ranger.
After a quiet opening Alex Revell powered a header just over as the Cobblers started to grow into the contest and they took the lead soon after, Leon Barnett turning in Yaser Kasim’s low corner.
Matt Ingram saved comfortably from Ranger and also made a good stop to keep out a powerful effort from Cox as Southend searched for an equaliser.
Powell saw a shot deflected behind following a good ball in from Chris Long before Matt Crooks doubled the Cobblers lead with a sweet side-foot finish from 20-yards, Kasim and Powell involved in the build-up.
Southend halved the deficit early in the second half, Jason Demetriou’s shot taking a big deflection to beat Ingram.
Almost immediately it was then 2-2, Anthony Wordsworth scoring the Shrimpers equaliser after picking up a loose ball from a headed clearance. Stephen McLaughlin then flashed a header wide as Phil Brown’s side had a chance to take the lead.
Despite being pegged back the Cobblers still looked a threat going forward, Revell heading over from a David Buchanan cross and Powell testing Mark Oxley in the Southend goal.
Southend ended the game the stronger of the two sides but the Cobblers stood firm to claim a point in Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s first away game in charge, making it seven points out of a possible nine for the new Cobblers boss. The game ended with Matt Crooks being sent off after being shown a second yellow card deep into stoppage time.
SOUTHEND MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 8
CORNERS: (5) 7
FOULS: (5) 9
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (5) 10
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 3
CORNERS: (3) 4
FOULS: (3) 8
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 3