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READING 1 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0

Reading 1 Northampton Town 0 - the match report

29 March 2024

Match Reports

READING 1 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0

Reading 1 Northampton Town 0 - the match report

29 March 2024

SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Friday March 29th, 3.00pm
Select Car Leasing Stadium
 
READING 1
Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan 65
 
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
 
Attendance: 15,451 (1,112 Cobblers fans)
 
Reading: Joel Pereira, Clinton Mola, Ben Elliott (sub Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan 59), Harvey Knibbs, Charlie Savage, Sam Smith, Femi Azeez (sub Paul Mukairu 89), Jeriel Dorsett (sub Kelvin Abrefa 75), Tyler Bindon, Amadou Mbengue, Lewis Wing
Subs not used: David Button, Tom Holmes, Jayden Wareham, Michael Craig
 
Cobblers: Louie Moulden, Aaron McGowan (sub Shaun McWilliams 66), Sam Sherring, Jon Guthrie, Manny Monthe (sub Ali Koiki 82), Marc Leonard, Jack Sowerby (sub Tony Springett 75), Ben Fox, Sam Hoskins (sub Kieron Bowie 82), Louis Appere (sub Tyreece Simpson 75), Mitch Pinnock
Subs not used: Lee Burge, Max Dyche
 
Referee: Thomas Parsons
 
Booked:
Reading: Ben Elliott (22)
Cobblers: Manny Monthe (4)
 
Sent off:
Reading: none
Cobblers: none
 
Northampton Town travelled to Reading on Good Friday for the first of two games in four days over the Easter weekend. Jon Guthrie returned to the side after the missing win over Derby County, Liam Moore making way as the club manage his workload, while goalkeeper Lee Burge was named on the bench as he returned from injury.

On a bright but chilly afternoon in Berkshire, in front of a big Bank Holiday crowd, Jon Guthrie had the first effort at goal of the game, but his header from a Mitch Pinnock cross was held by Joel Pereira in the Reading goal. In a bright opening, Charlie Savage then curled a free kick over the target at the other end. Ben Elliott then drove wide from outside the area following a Royals break.

Mitch Pinnock swung in a 20th minute free kick that Guthrie headed over the bar, while Aaron McGowan was in the right place to head a goalbound Sam Smith header away seven minutes later.

Top scorer Sam Hoskins twice forced saves out of Pereira as the game reached the half hour mark. Hoskins initially took a forward ball down beautifully before curling in a shot that the home keeper parried, before the ball was returned to Hoskins again, but this time the Reading stopper tipped his volley away.

A deflected Ben Fox effort then caused Pereira a few moments of alarm, before Louis Appere found himself in the clear in a 36th minute break before, not for the first time that afternoon, the home keeper made a good save to deny the Cobblers.

Charlie Savage curled just over the bar for Ruben Selles’ side with forty two minutes on the clock as an entertaining but goalless first half drew to a close.

A brave header away under pressure from Sam Sherring came to the Cobblers rescue on 51 minutes, but the home side had the lead on 65 minutes, substitute Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan curling home a low shot six minutes after coming on.

The Cobblers responded with a change, Shaun McWilliams on for Aaron McGowan, before Manny Monthe headed wide from a Mitch Pinnock cross.

Tyreece Simpson and Tony Springett came on in further changes made by Jon Brady, before the final substitutions saw Kieron Bowie and Ali Koiki introduced for Sam Hoskins and Manny Monthe.

As the game became stretched in the closing minutes, Louie Moulden pushed a shot from Femi Azeez over and from the resulting corner, the same player saw his looped header kiss the top of the cross bar.

Seven additional minutes were signalled by the fourth official, and in the first of those, Pereira saved a Bowie header from a Mitch Pinnock corner.

There was to be no late Cobblers equaliser however, and the home side took the points.

 
READING MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 7
CORNERS: (2) 5
FOULS: (5) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 4
 
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (6) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 8
CORNERS: (0) 3
FOULS: (3) 7
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1

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