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Northampton   2 - 0   Bradford

Northampton ensured there would be no Carling Cup hangover from their midweek victory over Liverpool as they saw off a limp Bradford side.

The influential Kevin Thornton twice went close with free-kicks before putting through Billy McKay who should have done better.

McKay made amends when he pounced on Michael Jacobs' nod down to score.

The striker then turned provider, heading back for on-loan Newcastle defender Ben Tozer to hook in a second.


Northampton Town manager Ian Sampson tells BBC Radio Northampton:
"After Wednesday night and the hysteria, we were fantastic today. That was one of the best performances I've seen for a long time.

"We controlled the majority of the game and we deserved the win.

"I was happy to see Ben Tozer score a goal, he's done ever so well and had a good two games for us. But it was an all-round team performance. There were tired legs but the confidence was high and we have to find consistency now."

Bradford City manager Peter Taylor tells BBC Radio Leeds:
"I thought we were going to show more legs than Northampton on the strength of the effort they put in the other night but that wasn't the case.

"I think we made it a very easy afternoon for them.

"Were not playing well enough. When we do get possession we then give it away which then means were defending too much and then I think that knocks confidence and I think the lads look a bit flat."

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Saturday, 25 September 2010

Npower League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Northampton 2-0 Bradford FT
(HT 0-0)
  • McKay 61
  • Tozer 81

    Northampton

    • 01 Dunn
    • 02 Rodgers yellow card (Herbert 72)
    • 14 Johnson
    • 25 Tozer
    • 04 Thornton (McKenzie 66)
    • 07 Gilligan
    • 08 Osman
    • 11 Holt
    • 17 Jacobs
    • 23 Davis
    • 16 McKay (Guinan 86)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Walker,
    • 03 Hall,
    • 12 Wedderburn,
    • 09 Guinan,
    • 15 Herbert,
    • 18 McKenzie,
    • 20 Harris

    Bradford

    • 01 McLaughlan
    • 03 O'Brien
    • 06 Oliver
    • 12 Williams
    • 15 Hunt (Rehman 12 yellow card)
    • 16 Duff
    • 08 Doherty (Osborne 78)
    • 22 Bullock yellow card
    • 23 Syers
    • 10 Speight
    • 19 Moult (Hendrie 53)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Saxton,
    • 05 Rehman,
    • 11 Hendrie,
    • 14 Osborne,
    • 20 Adeyemi,
    • 09 Evans,
    • 25 Chilaka
    Ref: Phil GibbsAtt: 4,646
    NORTHAMPTON
    BRADFORD

    Possession

    • Northampton 31%
    • Bradford 69%

    Attempts on target

    • Northampton 4
    • Bradford 1

    Attempts off target

    • Northampton 1
    • Bradford 0

    Corners

    • Northampton 4
    • Bradford 3

    Fouls

    • Northampton 7
    • Bradford 14
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:09 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 90:00+2:35 Jake Speight gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Dunn. Chris Dunn takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+2:15 The referee blows for offside. Shane Duff restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+1:36 Unfair challenge on Ryan Gilligan by Shane Duff results in a free kick. Ryan Gilligan takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+1:15 The assistant referee signals for offside against Leon McKenzie. Direct free kick taken by Shane Duff.
    • 88:30 Luke Oliver is ruled offside. Chris Dunn takes the free kick.
    • 88:00 Leon McKenzie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke O'Brien. Shane Duff restarts play with the free kick.
    • 85:52 Lee Bullock is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Michael Jacobs, clearance by Steve Williams.
    • 84:11 Direct free kick taken by Liam Davis.
    • 84:11 Substitution (Northampton) makes a substitution, with Steve Guinan coming on for Billy Mckay.
    • 84:11 Booking Zesh Rehman is given a yellow card.
    • 83:43 Steve Williams challenges Michael Jacobs unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 82:28 Steve Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy Mckay. Michael Jacobs takes the free kick.
    • 80:07 Billy Mckay provided the assist for the goal.
    • 80:07 GOAL - Ben TozerNorthampton 2 - 0 Bradford Ben Tozer scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Northampton 2-0 Bradford.
    • 79:30 Michael Jacobs takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Lee Bullock.
    • 77:48 Substitution (Bradford) makes a substitution, with Leon Osborne coming on for Tommy Doherty.
    • 75:58 John Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Oliver. Luke O'Brien takes the free kick.
    • 74:21 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Michael Jacobs.
    • 73:54 Unfair challenge on Abdul Osman by Tommy Doherty results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Tozer.
    • 72:32 Lee Hendrie takes a corner.
    • 71:04 Substitution Paul Rodgers leaves the field to be replaced by Courtney Herbert.
    • 69:00 Direct free kick taken by Luke O'Brien.
    • 69:00 Booking The referee cautions Paul Rodgers for unsporting behaviour.
    • 68:45 Paul Rodgers challenges Luke O'Brien unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 68:27 Foul by Paul Rodgers on Tommy Doherty, free kick awarded. Tommy Doherty takes the free kick.
    • 65:49 Substitution Kevin Thornton goes off and Leon McKenzie comes on.
    • 61:34 Kevin Thornton fouled by Tommy Doherty, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Davis restarts play with the free kick.
    • 60:12 GOAL - Billy MckayNorthampton 1 - 0 Bradford Billy Mckay scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Northampton 1-0 Bradford.
    • 59:16 John Johnson fouled by Luke Oliver, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Tozer restarts play with the free kick.
    • 58:24 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Luke O'Brien from the right by-line, save by Chris Dunn.
    • 54:31 Zesh Rehman challenges Michael Jacobs unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Jacobs restarts play with the free kick.
    • 52:11 Substitution Louis Moult goes off and Lee Hendrie comes on.
    • 48:24 The referee blows for offside. Jon McLaughlin takes the free kick.
    • 45:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Zesh Rehman on Michael Jacobs. Liam Davis restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:24 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 44:26 The assistant referee flags for offside against Billy Mckay. Direct free kick taken by Luke O'Brien.
    • 43:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Thornton by Lee Bullock. Kevin Thornton fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Jon McLaughlin.
    • 43:18 Booking Lee Bullock receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 42:01 Luke Oliver is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Chris Dunn.
    • 38:35 Michael Jacobs has a curled shot. Jon McLaughlin makes a save.
    • 37:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jake Speight by Ryan Gilligan. Zesh Rehman takes the direct free kick.
    • 33:37 Shane Duff concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Jacobs. Liam Davis takes the free kick.
    • 32:17 Corner taken right-footed by Michael Jacobs from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Dave Syers.
    • 27:08 Abdul Osman concedes a free kick for a foul on Dave Syers. Shane Duff takes the free kick.
    • 22:55 Dave Syers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Jacobs. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Kevin Thornton.
    • 21:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Rodgers on Jake Speight. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Doherty.
    • 20:33 Luke O'Brien concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Rodgers. Kevin Thornton crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from own half, save by Jon McLaughlin.
    • 17:59 Abdul Osman is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Shane Duff takes the direct free kick.
    • 16:39 Corner taken by Kevin Thornton played to the near post.
    • 13:58 Corner taken short by Luke O'Brien.
    • 13:14 Louis Moult takes a shot from 18 yards. Save by Chris Dunn.
    • 11:49 Substitution Zesh Rehman is brought on as a substitute for Lewis Hunt.
    • 6:02 Unfair challenge on Michael Jacobs by Shane Duff results in a free kick. Kevin Thornton crosses the ball in from the free kick, Jake Speight makes a clearance.
    • 4:45 The referee blows for offside. Chris Dunn takes the free kick.
    • 4:12 Billy Mckay is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Jon McLaughlin.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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    As it stood on 25 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Port Vale 8 10 19
    2 Shrewsbury 8 8 17
    3 Rotherham 8 7 17
    4 Chesterfield 8 8 15
    5 Torquay 8 5 14
    6 Bury 8 0 12
    7 Accrington 8 4 11
    8 Crewe 8 8 10
    9 Oxford Utd 8 4 10
    10 Burton Albion 8 2 10
    11 Stevenage 8 1 10
    12 Southend 8 0 10
    13 Northampton 8 -2 10
    14 Stockport 8 -3 10
    15 Cheltenham 8 -6 10
    16 Wycombe 8 1 9
    17 Gillingham 8 0 9
    18 Aldershot 8 0 9
    19 Macclesfield 8 -6 8
    20 Morecambe 8 -6 7
    21 Lincoln City 8 -6 7
    22 Bradford 8 -8 7
    23 Barnet 8 -10 6
    24 Hereford 8 -11 5

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