SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Monday April 5th, 3.00pm
HULL CITY 3
Callum Elder 30
Keane Lewis-Potter 44
Gavin Whyte 90
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Hull: Matt Ingram, Lewie Coyle, Callum Elder, Mallik Wilks (sub Gavin Whyte 74), George Honeyman (sub Jordan Flores 88), Alfie Jones, Regan Slater, Keane Lewis-Potter (sub Dan Crowley 75), Jacob Greaves (sub Sean McLoughlin 90), Josh Magennis (sub Tom Eaves 75), Greg Docherty
Subs not used: George Long, Josh Emmanuel.
Cobblers: Jonathan Mitchell, Peter Kioso (sub Michael Harriman 46), Lloyd Jones, Fraser Horsfall, Alan Sheehan (sub Alex Jones 75), Joseph Mills, Shaun McWilliams, Bryn Morris, Ryan Watson, Sam Hoskins, Danny Rose (sub Ryan Edmondson 69)
Subs not used: Dylan Berry, Mark Marshall, Ricky Korboa, Cian Bolger
Referee: Thomas Bramall
Cobblers: Fraser Horsfall (27, 4th of the season), Alan Sheehan (48, 2nd), Shaun McWilliams (71, 9th)
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.
Alan Sheehan was back in the Northampton Town side for the Easter Monday trip to league leaders Hull City, Ryan Edmondson dropping to the bench in a change of formation for caretaker boss Jon Brady. Matt Ingram, who previously had a loan spell with the Cobblers, started in goal for the home side on a cold early April afternoon.
Hull wanted a penalty when Keane Lewis-Potter when down under pressure from Sheehan but the referee was unmoved and the home side were also denied by the off-side flag when Josh Magennis briefly thought he had scored the opening goal. Danny Rose headed wide from a Joseph Mills cross in the first sight at goal for the Cobblers.
Callum Elder made the breakthrough for Hull on the half-hour mark, finding the top corner with a terrific strike from the edge of the area.
Some good defending from Sheehan and a smart stop from Jonathan Mitchell to keep out a Lewis-Potter header looked to have seen the Cobblers through to half-time only a goal down but when Magennis, allowed to continue despite strong appeals for offside, played in the aforementioned Lewis-Potter his deflected strike doubled the Tigers' lead.
Jon Brady made a change at half-time with Michael Harriman on for Peter Kioso.
Magennis headed wide and Greg Docherty touched the cross bar with a powerful long range strike as Hull looked to make it 3-0, the Cobblers also surviving a penalty appeal when Mallik Wilks went down in the area under a challenge from Lloyd Jones. The home side were continuing to press with Fraser Horsfall blocking a shot from George Honeyman before first Magennis and then Lewis-Potter failed to find the target when well-placed.
Alex Jones, on for Sheehan, had a shot blocked as the game entered the final ten minutes but it was another substitute, Gavin Whyte, who scored in second half stoppage time to make it 3-0.
HULL MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (0) 5
CORNERS: (1) 5
FOULS: (4) 9
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 3
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (0) 0
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 3
CORNERS: (0) 0
FOULS: (7) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1