Jon-Paul Pittman's first goal in 10 months helped Oxford beat Northampton for their first league win of November.

The U's went ahead with a James Constable tap-in and they could have led by more with Sean Rigg and Jake Forster-Caskey hitting the woodwork.

Clive Platt's header from Chris Hackett's cross put Town on level terms but three minutes later Pittman blasted home from Peter Leven's ball.

Town had Clarke Carlisle sent off late on for a second booking.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

"I thought Oxford started much better than we did but we always think we can score a goal.

"They couldn't handle Clive Platt. Once we got that momentum, I genuinely thought we were going to win that game.

"Possession is great but I didn't think we got enough bodies in the box and I don't think we were incisive enough.

"I think we missed Joe Widdowson today but I was pleased with Danny East's contribution, playing out of position."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (3)

Oxford United

  • 01 Clarke
  • 04 Raynes
  • 06 Wright
  • 16 Whing
  • 17 Capaldi Booked
  • 14 Rigg (Worley - 83' )
  • 18 Forster-Caskey Booked (Pittman - 56' )
  • 19 Cox
  • 20 Leven
  • 09 Constable
  • 15 Potter

Substitutes

  • 21 Brown
  • 22 Worley
  • 23 O'Brien
  • 07 Chapman
  • 08 Heslop
  • 26 Davis
  • 11 Pittman

Northampton

  • 21 Nicholls
  • 05 Langmead Booked
  • 12 Tozer
  • 23 East
  • 30 Carlisle Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 07 Demontagnac Booked (Platt - 61' )
  • 08 Harding
  • 11 Hackett
  • 22 Hornby
  • 10 Akinfenwa
  • 17 Robinson Booked

Substitutes

  • 13 Snedker
  • 06 Charles
  • 28 Huws
  • 09 Platt
  • 15 Mukendi
  • 19 Moult
Ref: Mathieson
Att: 6,635

Match Stats

Shots

9 10

On target

3 4

Corners

11 8

Fouls

9 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:40 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +4:08 Booking

Booking Tony Capaldi goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +3:31

Alfie Potter takes a shot. Clive Platt manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:20

Peter Leven restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:20 Booking

Booking Kelvin Langmead is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +2:09

Jon-Paul Pittman fouled by Kelvin Langmead, the ref awards a free kick.

90:00 +1:29

Short corner taken by Peter Leven from the left by-line.

90:00 +0:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Clive Platt on Jake Wright. Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.

89:41

Corner from the left by-line taken by Peter Leven, Lewis Hornby manages to make a clearance.

88:48

Peter Leven takes the direct free kick.

88:48 Dismissal

Dismissal Clarke Carlisle shown a red card.

88:42

Unfair challenge on Alfie Potter by Clarke Carlisle results in a free kick.

87:21

The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

86:27

Effort from outside the penalty box by Chris Hackett goes wide right of the goal.

85:30

Chris Hackett takes a shot. Save by Ryan Clarke.

84:02

Corner taken by Peter Leven from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Adebayo Akinfenwa.

82:22 Substitution

Substitution Harry Worley on for Sean Rigg.

81:07

Foul by Michael Raynes on Adebayo Akinfenwa, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Chris Hackett.

79:57

Corner taken by Chris Hackett, Ryan Clarke makes a clearance.

78:29

Assist on the goal came from Peter Leven.

78:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Jon-Paul Pittman - Oxford 2 - 1 Northamp'n Jon-Paul Pittman gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Oxford Utd 2-1 Northampton.

78:03

Chris Hackett takes a shot. Blocked by Jake Wright.

77:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adebayo Akinfenwa by Jake Wright. Direct free kick taken by Lewis Hornby.

75:41

Assist on the goal came from Chris Hackett.

75:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Clive Platt - Oxford 1 - 1 Northamp'n Clive Platt finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Oxford Utd 1-1 Northampton.

75:33

Chris Hackett crosses the ball,

73:40

Effort from inside the area by Chris Hackett misses to the left of the target.

71:12

Free kick taken by Peter Leven.

71:12 Booking

Booking Clarke Carlisle is given a yellow card.

71:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Clarke Carlisle on James Constable.

70:34

Sean Rigg produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

68:51

Chris Hackett produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

65:17

Free kick taken by Michael Raynes.

65:17 Booking

Booking Booking for Jake Robinson for unsporting behaviour.

64:36

Jake Robinson challenges Alfie Potter unfairly and gives away a free kick.

63:25

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven from the right by-line.

62:57

Corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven to the near post, Adebayo Akinfenwa makes a clearance.

62:39

Centre by Andrew Whing, clearance made by Andrew Whing.

60:44 Substitution

Substitution Clive Platt replaces Ishmel Demontagnac.

59:24

The referee blows for offside. Lee Nicholls takes the free kick.

57:02

Effort on goal by Jon-Paul Pittman from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

55:23 Substitution

Substitution Jon-Paul Pittman is brought on as a substitute for Jake Forster-Caskey.

54:11

Free kick taken by Ben Harding.

54:11 Booking

Booking Jake Forster-Caskey is booked.

53:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jake Forster-Caskey on Chris Hackett.

52:17

Jake Forster-Caskey concedes a free kick for a foul on Clarke Carlisle. Kelvin Langmead restarts play with the free kick.

51:37

Outswinging corner taken by Peter Leven from the left by-line, Adebayo Akinfenwa makes a clearance.

51:03

Free kick taken by Michael Raynes.

51:03 Booking

Booking Ishmel Demontagnac is cautioned.

50:52

Ishmel Demontagnac concedes a free kick for a foul on Alfie Potter.

50:18

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ben Harding, clearance made by James Constable.

49:20

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven from the right by-line, clearance made by Clarke Carlisle.

49:06

Sean Rigg takes a shot. Save by Lee Nicholls.

45:55

Jake Robinson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:44 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:34

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ben Harding from the right by-line, Ryan Clarke manages to make a clearance.

43:15

Adebayo Akinfenwa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Clarke. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

42:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Cox on Chris Hackett. Direct free kick taken by Lewis Hornby.

39:50

Kelvin Langmead challenges Michael Raynes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Clarke takes the direct free kick.

39:18

Inswinging corner taken by Ben Harding from the right by-line.

38:28

Inswinging corner taken by Ben Harding.

37:58

Ishmel Demontagnac produces a cross, save made by Ryan Clarke.

37:26

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ben Harding played to the near post, clearance by Tony Capaldi.

35:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clarke Carlisle by James Constable. Free kick taken by Lewis Hornby.

34:45

Sean Rigg challenges Clarke Carlisle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

33:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Leven on Ben Harding. Direct free kick taken by Lewis Hornby.

30:35

Lee Cox is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Lee Nicholls takes the free kick.

29:58

Corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven.

29:40

Peter Leven takes a shot. Save by Lee Nicholls.

29:21

Shot from outside the penalty box by Sean Rigg hits the post.

28:38

Jake Robinson is ruled offside. Ryan Clarke restarts play with the free kick.

28:19

Ishmel Demontagnac sends in a cross, Michael Raynes makes a clearance.

25:51

Kelvin Langmead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Constable. Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.

25:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ishmel Demontagnac by Tony Capaldi. Jake Robinson takes the direct free kick.

22:03

Peter Leven takes the inswinging corner, save by Lee Nicholls.

20:51

Foul by Ben Tozer on Jake Forster-Caskey, free kick awarded. Peter Leven restarts play with the free kick, Sean Rigg takes a shot.

19:55

Sean Rigg is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

18:41

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven from the left by-line.

18:10

Close range effort by Ishmel Demontagnac clears the crossbar.

17:15

Corner taken by Jake Robinson, Ryan Clarke makes a clearance.

15:36

James Constable is caught offside. Free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

14:11

Assist on the goal came from Alfie Potter.

14:11 Goal scored

Goal! - James Constable - Oxford 1 - 0 Northamp'n Goal scored by James Constable from close range low into the middle of the goal. Oxford Utd 1-0 Northampton.

14:00

Alfie Potter sends in a cross,

11:54

Chris Hackett takes a shot. Ryan Clarke makes a save.

11:04

Ishmel Demontagnac is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

8:46

Effort on goal by Chris Hackett from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

8:22

Corner from left by-line taken by Chris Hackett.

3:16

Adebayo Akinfenwa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tony Capaldi. Peter Leven takes the free kick.

1:42

Effort on goal by Jake Robinson from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

1:08

Corner taken by Peter Leven from the right by-line, Ben Harding manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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