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Northampton   2 - 0   Shrewsbury

Northampton 2-0 Shrewsbury

Northampton 2-0 Shrewsbury

Second-half goals from Billy McKay and Kevin Thornton saw Northampton take all three points against Shrewsbury.

Both sides enjoyed chances in the first-half with Andy Holt seeing his header cleared off the line and Steve Leslie coming close for the visitors.

McKay broke the deadlock in the second period, collecting Adebayo Akinfenwa's pass to score with a low drive.

Northampton survived a scare when a Holt clearance hit the bar but Thornton settled nerves with a 20-yard curler.


Northampton Town manager Ian Sampson told BBC Radio Northampton:

"I thought we dominated for long spells.

"(On the Play Offs) It's all to play for. We'd rather be in this position than fighting relegation which people might have thought around Christmas time. We're still in with a fighting chance.

"If we perform like that at Bradford we should be OK."

Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Simpson told BBC Radio Shropshire:
"We've let ourselves down with the quality. I don't think anyone can doubt the effort or the work rate that the players put in.

"That might be the story of our season. We've put the players in who would hopefully show that quality, but we've fallen a little bit short.

"We conceded the first goal, which gave us a mountain to climb.

"I'd like to be able to rebuild but I've not been able to make those decisions. We've got to look to the future."


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Saturday, 24 April 2010

League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Northampton 2-0 Shrewsbury FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Mckay 54
  • Thornton 82

    Northampton

    • 26 Steele
    • 02 Rodgers (Thornton 66)
    • 03 Johnson
    • 06 Beckwith
    • 23 Gilbert yellow card
    • 08 Osman
    • 11 Holt
    • 12 Gilligan
    • 14 Davis (Dyer 84)
    • 10 Akinfenwa (Guinan 66)
    • 17 Mckay

    Substitutes

    • 01 Dunn,
    • 05 Hinton,
    • 19 Curtis,
    • 15 Dyer,
    • 30 Thornton,
    • 09 Guinan,
    • 22 Herbert

    Shrewsbury

    • 29 Button
    • 02 Holden
    • 03 Skarz (Bright 76 yellow card)
    • 24 Cansdell-Sherriff
    • 06 Dunfield
    • 17 Van den Broek
    • 18 Leslie
    • 21 Simpson (Bradshaw 65)
    • 28 McIntyre
    • 08 Langmead
    • 09 Hibbert

    Substitutes

    • 30 Neal,
    • 19 Hooman,
    • 15 Murray,
    • 23 Neal,
    • 10 Cureton,
    • 14 Bright,
    • 34 Bradshaw
    Ref: SuttonAtt: 5,019
    NORTHAMPTON
    SHREWSBURY

    Possession

    • Northampton 52%
    • Shrewsbury 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Northampton 9
    • Shrewsbury 1

    Attempts off target

    • Northampton 12
    • Shrewsbury 2

    Corners

    • Northampton 6
    • Shrewsbury 3

    Fouls

    • Northampton 13
    • Shrewsbury 9
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:04 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+2:59 Ryan Gilligan decides to take the corner short.
    • 90:00+2:30 Ryan Gilligan takes a shot. David Button makes a save.
    • 90:00+2:03 Steven Leslie delivers the ball.
    • 89:59 The referee blows for offside. Dean Beckwith takes the indirect free kick.
    • 89:33 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Thornton. David Button takes the free kick.
    • 88:24 Ryan Gilligan produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
    • 86:38 The referee blows for offside. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
    • 86:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Johnson on Dave Hibbert. Free kick taken by Terry Dunfield.
    • 85:20 Free kick taken by Andrew Holt.
    • 85:20 Booking Kris Bright goes into the book.
    • 85:09 Kris Bright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Gilligan.
    • 84:12 Kevin Thornton fouled by Dave Hibbert, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ryan Gilligan from right channel, Terry Dunfield manages to make a clearance.
    • 83:28 Substitution Liam Davis goes off and Alex Dyer comes on.
    • 82:38 Billy Mckay produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area and strikes the post.
    • 81:06 GOAL - Kevin ThorntonNorthampton 2 - 0 Shrewsbury Kevin Thornton grabs a goal from just outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Northampton 2-0 Shrewsbury.
    • 79:58 Foul by Billy Mckay on Steven Leslie, free kick awarded. David Button takes the free kick.
    • 79:26 Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Gilligan.
    • 79:00 Kevin Thornton takes a shot. Blocked by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.
    • 77:47 Dave Hibbert challenges Andrew Holt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrew Holt restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:23 Jason Steele takes the indirect free kick.
    • 75:23 Substitution Joe Skarz goes off and Kris Bright comes on.
    • 75:23 Tom Bradshaw is caught offside.
    • 74:33 The ball is swung over by Joe Skarz, clearance made by Dean Beckwith.
    • 74:07 Liam Davis crosses the ball.
    • 72:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Beckwith on Tom Bradshaw. Shot comes in from Terry Dunfield from the free kick.
    • 70:54 Kevin Thornton concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Leslie. Free kick crossed by Steven Leslie.
    • 69:15 Joe Skarz crosses the ball, clearance by Peter Gilbert.
    • 67:27 Billy Mckay has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 64:35 Direct free kick taken by David Button.
    • 64:35 Substitution Adebayo Akinfenwa leaves the field to be replaced by Steve Guinan.
    • 64:35 Substitution Kevin Thornton on for Paul Rodgers.
    • 64:35 Substitution Jake Simpson goes off and Tom Bradshaw comes on.
    • 64:35 Ryan Gilligan produces a cross, Kelvin Langmead fouled by Adebayo Akinfenwa, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 63:57 Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Gilligan, clearance by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.
    • 62:15 Centre by Peter Gilbert, save by David Button.
    • 62:01 Paul Rodgers produces a cross, Kelvin Langmead manages to make a clearance.
    • 60:18 Jake Simpson sends in a cross, Andrew Holt manages to make a clearance.
    • 60:05 Shane Cansdell-Sherriff delivers the ball, Andrew Holt makes a clearance.
    • 59:44 The ball is crossed by Kelvin Langmead.
    • 58:56 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Steven Leslie, save by Jason Steele.
    • 58:45 Dean Holden crosses the ball, Peter Gilbert gets a block in.
    • 56:40 Benjamin Van den Broek crosses the ball, Dean Beckwith makes a clearance.
    • 53:13 The assist for the goal came from Adebayo Akinfenwa.
    • 53:13 GOAL - Billy MckayNorthampton 1 - 0 Shrewsbury Billy Mckay finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Northampton 1-0 Shrewsbury.
    • 52:25 The official flags Benjamin Van den Broek offside. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
    • 51:23 Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Gilligan from the right by-line, Dave Hibbert manages to make a clearance.
    • 50:02 Liam Davis takes a shot. Save by David Button.
    • 48:05 Corner taken by Jake Simpson, Andrew Holt makes a clearance.
    • 46:39 Abdul Osman is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick crossed by Steven Leslie. The offside flag is raised against Dave Hibbert. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.
    • 45:41 Ryan Gilligan has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:02 The first half comes to an end.
    • 45:00+1:37 Shane Cansdell-Sherriff produces a cross, Andrew Holt manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:00+0:58 Foul by Steven Leslie on Paul Rodgers, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Dean Beckwith.
    • 44:13 Handball by Adebayo Akinfenwa. David Button restarts play with the free kick.
    • 42:41 Effort from deep inside the area by Liam Davis misses to the right of the goal.
    • 42:18 The ball is swung over by Adebayo Akinfenwa.
    • 40:39 Unfair challenge on Benjamin Van den Broek by Abdul Osman results in a free kick. David Button takes the free kick.
    • 40:06 Liam Davis crosses the ball.
    • 39:31 Kevin McIntyre fouled by Paul Rodgers, the ref awards a free kick. David Button takes the direct free kick.
    • 38:19 Corner taken by Ryan Gilligan, Andrew Holt takes a shot. Blocked by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.
    • 37:41 The ball is swung over by Billy Mckay, Joe Skarz gets a block in.
    • 36:15 Andrew Holt takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
    • 34:37 Direct free kick taken by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.
    • 34:37 Booking Peter Gilbert goes into the referee's book.
    • 34:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Benjamin Van den Broek by Peter Gilbert.
    • 33:42 Abdul Osman takes a shot. Benjamin Van den Broek gets a block in.
    • 33:11 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ryan Gilligan.
    • 31:31 Terry Dunfield gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Davis. Free kick crossed left-footed by Liam Davis, Dean Holden makes a clearance.
    • 28:42 Unfair challenge on Paul Rodgers by Joe Skarz results in a free kick. Ryan Gilligan delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff manages to make a clearance.
    • 28:22 The ball is swung over by Paul Rodgers, clearance made by Terry Dunfield.
    • 28:10 The ball is delivered by Abdul Osman, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff gets a block in.
    • 27:03 Benjamin Van den Broek takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.
    • 26:23 Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa on Kevin McIntyre, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Button.
    • 25:56 Ryan Gilligan takes a shot. Blocked by Kelvin Langmead.
    • 24:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Gilligan by Steven Leslie. Dean Beckwith restarts play with the free kick.
    • 23:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Terry Dunfield on Liam Davis. Abdul Osman takes the free kick.
    • 22:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Terry Dunfield by Abdul Osman. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff takes the free kick.
    • 22:13 Shot from just outside the area by Steven Leslie misses to the left of the target.
    • 21:07 Terry Dunfield delivers the ball.
    • 19:43 Paul Rodgers delivers the ball, Effort on goal by Billy Mckay from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
    • 18:31 Effort from deep inside the area by Liam Davis misses to the right of the goal.
    • 18:00 The ball is sent over by Liam Davis.
    • 17:24 Centre by Jake Simpson, blocked by Peter Gilbert.
    • 16:32 Steven Leslie crosses the ball, Peter Gilbert manages to make a clearance.
    • 14:56 Steven Leslie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
    • 13:21 Close range header by Adebayo Akinfenwa goes over the bar.
    • 12:18 John Johnson challenges Joe Skarz unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.
    • 10:17 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Adebayo Akinfenwa misses to the right of the target.
    • 6:48 Abdul Osman takes a shot. Blocked by Kelvin Langmead. Free kick awarded for a foul by Benjamin Van den Broek on Dean Beckwith. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick. Liam Davis concedes a free kick for a foul on Kelvin Langmead. Free kick taken by David Button.
    • 6:23 The ball is crossed by Paul Rodgers, Joe Skarz gets a block in.
    • 5:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Gilligan on Steven Leslie. David Button takes the free kick.
    • 4:57 Liam Davis takes a shot. Dean Holden gets a block in.
    • 3:36 Corner taken right-footed by Jake Simpson to the near post, clearance made by Dean Beckwith.
    • 0:29 Adebayo Akinfenwa takes a shot. Blocked by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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    League Two table snapshot

    As it stood on 24 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Notts County 43 55 86
    2 Rochdale 44 36 82
    3 Bournemouth 44 14 80
    4 Rotherham 44 6 72
    5 Aldershot 44 12 69
    6 Bury 44 -2 68
    7 Port Vale 44 15 67
    8 Morecambe 44 7 67
    9 Chesterfield 44 0 67
    10 Northampton 44 11 66
    11 Dag & Red 44 8 66
    12 Shrewsbury 44 2 62
    13 Burton Albion 44 -4 56
    14 Bradford 44 -6 56
    15 Hereford 44 -13 56
    16 Crewe 44 -4 54
    17 Accrington 43 -15 54
    18 Torquay 44 6 53
    19 Macclesfield 44 -7 53
    20 Lincoln City 44 -21 49
    21 Cheltenham 44 -12 47
    22 Barnet 43 -14 45
    23 Grimsby 44 -25 41
    24 Darlington 43 -49 27

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