Clive Platt's late strike rescued a point for stuttering Northampton at home to Scunthorpe in League Two.

The visitors made the brighter start, with Niall Canavan failing to beat Matt Duke from six yards after Matt Sparrow's pinpoint free-kick.

But Canavan broke the deadlock in the 67th-minute, rising well to head home Hawkridge's deep corner.

The hosts equalised in the 87th minute, Platt poking home after Scunthorpe failed to deal with Lee Collins' pass.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

"It was probably a fair result. We are a team that is developing - I'm talking two or three months, not two or three games.

"I honestly think this is a massive point for us today. After they scored, we could have crumbled.

"The goal against us is unacceptable. Our defender is moaning that he was fouled - but you've either got to bring it to the ref's attention or head someone's head to prevent that.

"When I have a game like that, the only thing I want to do (straight away) is put a session on. We know what we need to do."

Scunthorpe United manager Brian Laws told BBC Radio Humberside:

"Well it's not good enough because we should have had all three points today. It should have been all wrapped up. We were very, very good particularly in the first half.

"I couldn't have asked for any more and the fact that we were very creative and we had golden opportunities, and all it needed was to hit the target and composure.

"There's loads of positives we can take out of this game. Like I say it was an excellent performance when we got the ball down and played, we caused them all sorts of problems. I would say we marshalled the game for a good 75% and we've created a hell of a lot of opportunities to finish the game off.

"There is things that we're doing right and it will come right and the players are trying their hardest. They are working extremely hard."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Northampton

  • 01 Duke
  • 02 Amankwaah Booked (Tozer - 78' )
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 06 Collins
  • 23 Heath
  • 04 Carter
  • 11 Hackett Booked
  • 17 Deegan Booked
  • 19 Emerton (Blyth - 54' )
  • 09 Platt
  • 10 O'Donovan

Substitutes

  • 21 McNamara
  • 12 Tozer
  • 26 Harriott
  • 16 Hooper
  • 24 Toney
  • 25 Blyth

Scunthorpe

  • 01 Slocombe
  • 02 Ribeiro (Hawkridge - 18' )
  • 03 Dawson Booked
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 06 Canavan
  • 04 McAllister
  • 07 Sparrow Booked
  • 10 Esajas (Spencer - 71' )
  • 18 Nolan
  • 09 Iwelumo
  • 29 Winnall (Burton - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Severn
  • 15 Waterfall
  • 20 Howe
  • 11 Welsh
  • 14 Hawkridge
  • 08 Burton
  • 28 Spencer
Ref: Seb Stockbridge
Att: 4,132

Match Stats

Shots

14 16

On target

7 6

Corners

6 7

Fouls

16 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:04 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:18

Free kick taken by Matt Duke.

90:00 +3:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Heath by Deon Burton.

90:00 +1:58

Free kick taken by Matt Duke.

90:00 +1:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Widdowson by Jimmy Spencer.

90:00 +1:25

Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

90:00 +1:21

Jacob Blyth concedes a free kick for a foul on David Mirfin.

90:00 +0:50

Jacob Blyth takes a shot. Blocked by David Mirfin.

89:43

Shot by Jimmy Spencer missed to the left of the net.

89:27

Sam Slocombe restarts play with the free kick.

89:17

Booking for Chris Hackett for unsporting behaviour.

89:17 Booking

Booking

89:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Hackett on Andy Dawson.

88:15

Darren Carter takes a shot.

87:59

Joe Widdowson restarts play with the free kick.

87:13 Substitution

Substitution (Scunthorpe) makes a substitution, with Deon Burton coming on for Sam Winnall.

86:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Mirfin on Clive Platt.

86:29

Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

85:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Widdowson on Terry Hawkridge.

84:48

Corner taken by Chris Hackett.

84:28

Clearance made by Niall Canavan.

84:22

Chris Hackett crosses the ball.

83:41

Joe Widdowson manages to make a clearance.

83:31

Corner from the left by-line taken by Terry Hawkridge.

82:51

Terry Hawkridge produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

81:57

Matt Heath gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Iwelumo.

80:50

The ball is sent over by Sam Winnall.

80:28

Sam Winnall produces a cross.

79:18

Roy O'Donovan takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

77:59

Lee Collins provided the assist for the goal.

77:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Clive Platt - Northamp'n 1 - 1 Scunthorpe Clive Platt grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Northampton 1-1 Scunthorpe.

77:43 Substitution

Substitution Ben Tozer on for Kevin Amankwaah.

77:06

Clearance by Niall Canavan.

76:59

Corner taken by Chris Hackett.

76:33

Roy O'Donovan takes a shot.

75:48

Free kick taken by Matt Duke.

75:24

Corner taken by Terry Hawkridge from the left by-line.

74:47

Jimmy Spencer takes a brilliant shot. Kevin Amankwaah gets a block in.

74:03

Chance falls to Chris Hackett who heads at goal. Sam Slocombe safely holds on.

73:40

Roy O'Donovan takes a shot.

70:50 Substitution

Substitution Jimmy Spencer joins the action as a substitute, replacing Etienne Esajas.

70:31

Header at goal by Roy O'Donovan misses left of the target.

69:48

Clearance made by Niall Canavan.

69:44

Free kick crossed by Darren Carter.

69:27 Booking

Booking

69:27

Andy Dawson is given a yellow card.

69:08

Andy Dawson is adjudged to have handled the ball.

68:56

Chris Hackett sends in a cross.

67:51 Booking

Booking

67:51

The referee books Kevin Amankwaah for dissent.

66:53

Terry Hawkridge provided the assist for the goal.

66:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Niall Canavan - Northamp'n 0 - 1 Scunthorpe Niall Canavan scores with a header. Northampton 0-1 Scunthorpe.

66:43

Corner from the left by-line taken by Terry Hawkridge.

66:05

Sam Winnall takes a brilliant shot.

65:26

Gary Deegan takes a fantastic shot and went wide of the left-hand post.

63:55

The ball is sent over by Chris Hackett.

62:00

Header at goal by Jacob Blyth misses left of the target.

61:54

Chris Hackett sends in a cross.

60:27

Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

60:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Carter on Matt Sparrow.

56:15

Header at goal by Clive Platt. Sam Slocombe safely holds on.

56:02

The ball is delivered by Chris Hackett.

55:18

Free kick taken by Niall Canavan.

55:11

Foul by Clive Platt on Etienne Esajas, free kick awarded.

54:02

Chris Iwelumo makes a clearance.

53:58

Corner taken by Chris Hackett.

53:31

Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

53:21 Substitution

Substitution Jacob Blyth is brought on as a substitute for Danny Emerton.

53:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Niall Canavan by Danny Emerton.

52:19

Sam Winnall takes the chance to get an effort at goal. A parry by Matt Duke prevents the goal.

51:34

Niall Canavan heads at goal.

51:17

Corner taken by Terry Hawkridge from the left by-line.

49:31

Lee Collins manages to make a clearance.

49:20

Corner from the left by-line taken by Terry Hawkridge.

48:28

Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.

48:24

The referee blows for offside.

47:25

Free kick taken by Terry Hawkridge.

47:05

Eddie Nolan fouled by Danny Emerton, the ref awards a free kick.

46:56

Clearance made by David Mirfin.

46:45

A cross is delivered by Chris Hackett.

46:20

Header at goal by Chris Iwelumo misses left of the target.

46:10

Corner taken by Etienne Esajas from the right by-line.

45:32

Free kick taken by Eddie Nolan.

45:10

Darren Carter concedes a free kick for a foul on Terry Hawkridge.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +2:29 Half time

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

45:00 +2:12

Shot by Terry Hawkridge went wide right of the net.

45:00 +1:54

Corner from the right by-line taken by Terry Hawkridge.

45:00 +1:25

Sam Winnall takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Collins.

45:00 +0:54

Danny Emerton has an effort at goal. Sam Slocombe safely holds on.

45:00 +0:17

Corner taken by Chris Hackett.

44:38

Corner from the left by-line taken by Chris Hackett.

44:09

Roy O'Donovan takes a shot. Sam Slocombe parries the ball but the danger is not over.

43:29

Etienne Esajas takes a shot.

42:41

Chris Hackett sends in a cross.

41:42

Centre by Chris Hackett.

40:54

Clearance made by Matt Heath.

40:43

The ball is swung over by Terry Hawkridge.

39:50

Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

39:41

Roy O'Donovan is ruled offside.

38:44

Kevin Amankwaah restarts play with the free kick.

38:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Amankwaah by Chris Iwelumo.

37:44

The ball is crossed by Chris Iwelumo.

36:59

Header at goal by Clive Platt goes right of the post.

36:41

Danny Emerton crosses the ball.

36:00

Niall Canavan manages to make a clearance.

35:55

Free kick crossed by Chris Hackett.

35:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Widdowson by Etienne Esajas.

34:36

Clearance made by David Mirfin.

34:28

Kevin Amankwaah sends in a cross.

34:08

Matt Duke takes the free kick.

33:34

Darren Carter fouled by Etienne Esajas, the ref awards a free kick.

33:16

Matt Heath manages to make a clearance.

33:10

The ball is sent over by Terry Hawkridge.

30:57

The ball is crossed by Chris Hackett.

30:23

Sam Winnall takes a shot.

29:56

Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

29:24

The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris Hackett.

28:37

David Mirfin restarts play with the free kick.

28:16

Roy O'Donovan is caught offside.

26:42

David Mirfin restarts play with the free kick.

26:25

The assistant referee flags for offside against Clive Platt.

25:55

Niall Canavan restarts play with the free kick.

25:45

Sean McAllister fouled by Chris Hackett, the ref awards a free kick.

23:37

David Mirfin restarts play with the free kick.

23:11

The referee books Gary Deegan for unsporting behaviour.

23:11 Booking

Booking

23:01

Foul by Gary Deegan on Terry Hawkridge, free kick awarded.

22:48

Niall Canavan makes a clearance.

22:42

The ball is sent over by Joe Widdowson.

21:32

Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.

21:04

Caution for Matt Sparrow.

21:04 Booking

Booking

20:55

Unfair challenge on Lee Collins by Matt Sparrow results in a free kick.

20:25

Niall Canavan takes the free kick.

20:13

The referee blows for offside against Chris Hackett.

19:41

Niall Canavan restarts play with the free kick.

19:34

The official flags Roy O'Donovan offside.

19:08

Matt Sparrow has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

18:58

Etienne Esajas delivers the ball.

17:19 Substitution

Substitution Christian Ribeiro goes off and Terry Hawkridge comes on.

14:01

Matt Sparrow takes the free kick.

13:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Collins on Sam Winnall.

11:05

Eddie Nolan makes a clearance.

11:00

Joe Widdowson crosses the ball.

10:12

Sam Slocombe restarts play with the free kick.

9:56

Matt Heath concedes a free kick for a foul on Niall Canavan.

9:49

Corner taken by Chris Hackett from the left by-line.

7:47

The ball is delivered by Kevin Amankwaah.

6:51

Matt Duke takes the free kick.

6:44

Sam Winnall is ruled offside.

6:25

Niall Canavan takes the free kick.

6:07

David Mirfin fouled by Roy O'Donovan, the ref awards a free kick.

5:48

Eddie Nolan has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

5:02

Sam Winnall takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

4:37

Clearance by Clive Platt.

3:28

Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

3:09

Chris Hackett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Dawson.

2:03

Shot by Etienne Esajas cleared the bar.

1:38

Matt Sparrow restarts play with the free kick.

1:23

Sean McAllister fouled by Chris Hackett, the ref awards a free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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