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Northampton   2 - 0   Darlington

Northampton 2-0 Darlington (UK users only)

Northampton 2-0 Darlington

First-half goals by John Johnson and Abdul Osman boosted Northampton's play-off hopes and pushed Darlington closer to relegation out of the league.

The Cobblers' biggest home league gate of the season saw defender Johnson open the scoring after an Adebayo Akinfenwa shot hit the underside of the crossbar.

Osman made it 2-0 before the break when the visitors failed to clear a corner.

Andrew Milne and Josh Gray went close for Darlington in the second half but keeper Jason Steele was up to the task.


Northampton Town manager Ian Sampson told BBC Radio Northampton:

"First half, we controlled the game and got two good goals. Second half, we got sloppy but it's about results.

"We've got players out and it shows what a decent strength squad we've got

"We're in the top seven with 10 games to go and teams to aim for above us."

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Saturday, 13 March 2010

League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Northampton 2-0 Darlington FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Johnson 20
  • Osman 39

    Northampton

    • 26 Steele
    • 02 Rodgers
    • 03 Johnson
    • 05 Hinton
    • 06 Beckwith
    • 23 Gilbert
    • 08 Osman
    • 14 Davis (Guttridge 80)
    • 15 Dyer
    • 10 Akinfenwa
    • 17 Mckay

    Substitutes

    • 13 Walker,
    • 22 Herbert,
    • 04 Guttridge,
    • 21 Jacobs,
    • 16 Mulligan,
    • 24 Harris,
    • 28 O'Flynn

    Darlington

    • 23 Redmond
    • 04 White
    • 05 Milne
    • 06 Miller
    • 22 Madden
    • 11 Dempsey (Moore 46)
    • 14 Smith
    • 28 Waite
    • 15 Main (Gray 46)
    • 19 Purcell
    • 30 Diop (Deane 71)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Liversedge,
    • 25 Chisholm,
    • 12 Gray,
    • 24 Mulligan,
    • 09 Moore,
    • 29 Deane
    Ref: PennAtt: 4,755
    NORTHAMPTON
    DARLINGTON

    Possession

    • Northampton 50%
    • Darlington 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Northampton 8
    • Darlington 5

    Attempts off target

    • Northampton 5
    • Darlington 5

    Corners

    • Northampton 5
    • Darlington 4

    Fouls

    • Northampton 10
    • Darlington 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:17 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+5:03 Tadgh Purcell takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.
    • 90:00+4:17 Adebayo Akinfenwa produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 90:00+3:39 Adebayo Akinfenwa fouled by Alan White, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Abdul Osman.
    • 90:00+1:46 Corner taken right-footed by Gary Smith, Jason Steele makes a save.
    • 90:00+1:30 Josh Gray takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele.
    • 89:45 Adebayo Akinfenwa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan White. Shane Redmond takes the indirect free kick.
    • 89:10 Patrick Deane produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 88:39 Peter Gilbert concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Moore. Gary Smith restarts play with the free kick.
    • 87:46 Paul Rodgers takes a outswinging corner.
    • 85:30 Abdul Osman takes a shot. Shane Redmond makes a save.
    • 84:17 Foul by Patrick Deane on Dean Beckwith, free kick awarded. Jason Steele takes the indirect free kick.
    • 83:51 Inswinging corner taken by Gary Smith.
    • 80:18 Alex Dyer produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
    • 79:09 Substitution (Northampton) makes a substitution, with Luke Guttridge coming on for Liam Davis.
    • 79:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adebayo Akinfenwa by Alan White. Luke Guttridge restarts play with the free kick.
    • 78:17 Gareth Waite produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 77:14 Corner taken by Gary Smith, Liam Davis makes a clearance.
    • 70:03 Substitution Patrick Deane replaces Mor Diop.
    • 67:04 Adebayo Akinfenwa concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Milne. Free kick taken by Shane Redmond.
    • 65:37 Craig Hinton concedes a free kick for a foul on Tadgh Purcell. Gary Smith restarts play with the free kick.
    • 64:29 Header from close in by Tadgh Purcell misses to the left of the target.
    • 63:42 Gareth Waite challenges Abdul Osman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Davis.
    • 62:07 Josh Gray takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele.
    • 61:36 Andrew Milne takes a shot. Blocked by Jason Steele.
    • 59:13 Headed effort on goal by Josh Gray from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
    • 56:17 Short corner worked by Gary Smith.
    • 54:14 Chris Moore concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Davis. Indirect free kick taken by Dean Beckwith.
    • 52:48 Long range effort by Liam Davis goes wide right of the target.
    • 51:28 Paul Rodgers challenges Josh Gray unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Smith.
    • 50:39 Paul Rodgers is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Shane Redmond.
    • 49:09 Liam Davis takes a shot. Save by Shane Redmond.
    • Correction - 47:20 Unfair challenge on Liam Davis by Gary Smith results in a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Liam Davis from the free kick, Shane Redmond makes a save.
    • 47:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Davis by Gary Smith. Liam Davis takes the free kick.
    • 46:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh Gray on Abdul Osman. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • 45:01 Substitution Josh Gray comes on in place of Curtis Main.
    • 45:01 Substitution Gary Dempsey leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Moore.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:38 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 45:00+2:01 Corner from right by-line taken by Liam Davis.
    • 43:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tadgh Purcell by Abdul Osman. Free kick taken by Alan White.
    • 42:36 Ian Miller handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Shot comes in from Liam Davis from the free kick.
    • 42:08 The official flags Curtis Main offside. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.
    • 40:08 Foul by Liam Davis on Gary Smith, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Alan White.
    • 38:14 GOAL - Abdul OsmanNorthampton 2 - 0 Darlington Goal scored by Abdul Osman from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Northampton 2-0 Darlington.
    • 37:32 Corner taken left-footed by Liam Davis, Adebayo Akinfenwa takes a shot. Shane Redmond makes a save.
    • 36:23 Foul by Dean Beckwith on Curtis Main, free kick awarded. Gary Smith restarts play with the free kick.
    • 34:08 Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa on Simon Madden, free kick awarded. Simon Madden takes the direct free kick.
    • 33:14 Gary Smith challenges Alex Dyer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alex Dyer takes the free kick.
    • 30:40 Unfair challenge on Billy Mckay by Gary Smith results in a free kick. Craig Hinton takes the free kick.
    • 28:48 Foul by Dean Beckwith on Tadgh Purcell, free kick awarded. Gary Dempsey takes the direct free kick, Gareth Waite produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 28:08 The offside flag is raised against Liam Davis. Shane Redmond restarts play with the free kick.
    • 23:53 Effort from outside the penalty box by Liam Davis goes wide right of the target.
    • 19:19 Assist by Adebayo Akinfenwa.
    • 19:19 GOAL - John JohnsonNorthampton 1 - 0 Darlington A goal is scored by John Johnson from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Northampton 1-0 Darlington.
    • 18:08 Mor Diop takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.
    • 16:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Milne on John Johnson. Liam Davis produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Shane Redmond.
    • 14:28 The offside flag is raised against Mor Diop. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Steele.
    • 10:10 Outswinging corner taken by Alex Dyer from the left by-line, Billy Mckay takes a shot. Shane Redmond makes a save.
    • 8:16 Mor Diop concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Beckwith. Peter Gilbert restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 7:24 Inswinging corner taken by Liam Davis.
    • 7:24 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Liam Davis.
    • 6:40 Andrew Milne concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Rodgers. Direct free kick taken by Craig Hinton.
    • 5:50 The official flags Billy Mckay offside. Shane Redmond takes the indirect free kick.
    • 4:18 The referee gives a free kick against Alex Dyer for handball. Gary Smith takes the free kick.
    • 0:00 The match begins.

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    As it stood on 13 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
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    2 Bournemouth 35 8 63
    3 Bury 36 3 61
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