SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Saturday October 31st 3.00pm
WIGAN ATHLETIC 2
Joe Garner 63 pen
Tom James 75
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 3
Danny Rose 13
Sam Hoskins 21
Caleb Chukwuemeka 66
Wigan: Jamie Jones, Tom Pearce, Matty Palmer, Joe Garner, Dan Gardner, Ollie Crankshaw (sub Emeka Obi 22), Chris Merrie, Alex Perry, Tom James, Thelo Aasgaard (sub Kyle Joseph 73), Adam Long
Subs not used: Owen Evans, Charlie Jolley, Divin Baningime, Luke Robinson, Harry McHugh
Cobblers: Jonathan Mitchell, Michael Harriman, Cian Bolger, Fraser Horsfall, Alan Sheehan, Nicky Adams (sub Mark Marshall 67), Ryan Watson, Jack Sowerby, Sam Hoskins, Danny Rose (sub Caleb Chukwuemeka 61), Harry Smith (sub Luka Racic 88)
Subs not used: Steve Arnold, Christopher Missilou, Ricky Korboa, Morgan Roberts
Referee: Joshua Smith
Wigan: Ollie Crankshaw (13), Joe Garner (40), Tom Pearce (77)
Cobblers: Jack Sowerby (81, 1st of the season), Jonathan Mitchell (90,1st)
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.
Danny Rose and Nicky Adams came into the Northampton Town side for the trip to Wigan Athletic, replacing Ricky Korboa and Christopher Missilou. It was a milestone afternoon for club captain Adams as he made his 600th career appearance. Before kick-off there was a minute's silence to mark the passing of former England World Cup winner Nobby Stiles.
Jamie Jones saved at the feet of Ryan Watson after a good run into the box and the Cobblers midfielder also headed just over in an encouraging opening ten minutes.
The Cobblers were on top with Danny Rose also seeing a shot from distance palmed away by Jones and it wasn’t long before the deadlock was broken, Rose sending a shot in to the bottom corner.
Sam Hoskins then doubled Town’s lead midway through the first half with a cool finish inside the box, Michael Harriman’s header setting up the chance which Hoskins took with aplomb.
Joe Garner tried a shot from distance which Jonathan Mitchell gathered at the second attempt while Watson was again denied by Jones, the Latics keeper making a good save with his legs to prevent the Cobblers increasing their lead before half-time.
Garner headed over and Tom James curled a shot wide as Wigan started the second half in a positive fashion. Watson meanwhile appealed for a penalty after going down in the area but referee Joshua Smith waved play on.
There was a penalty at the other end though when Harriman fouled Tom Pearce. Joe Garner stepped up to score and half the home side’s deficit.
Substitute Caleb Chukwuemeka saw a shot saved by Jones from a tight angle but the Cobblers academy graduate wasn’t to be denied a second time, restoring the Cobblers two goal lead with a fine finish on the counter-attack, both Hoskins and Watson involved in the build-up.
Wigan were back in it again though with 15 minutes to go, Tom James on the end of a left wing cross to head home and make it 2-3.
Jones saved from Chukwuemeka while Wigan went close to an equaliser when James struck the post. With the 90 minutes nearly up the Cobblers then survived a scramble in the box before seeing out five minutes of stoppage time to secure the win.
WIGAN MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 4
CORNERS: (0) 3
FOULS: (9) 20
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (5) 10
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 4
CORNERS: (2) 3
FOULS: (2) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 3