Northampton 2-7 Shrewsbury

Managerless Northampton fell to a humiliating defeat by Shrewsbury.

The Shrews were three ahead by the interval - Aaron Wildig notching a deflected strike in after a brace by Mark Wright.

Ben Tozer's free-kick pulled one back before Marvin Morgan neatly finished the visitors' fourth.

Adebayo Akinfenwa curled a consolation for the hosts before substitute James Collins, Joe Jacobson and a Kelvin Langmead own goal completed the rout.

It was a dreadful day for the Cobblers, who parted company with boss Gary Johnson earlier this week.

Wright gave the visitors the lead after his shot deflected beyond home keeper Sam Walker, before doubling the advantage with a powerful low strike.

The game was over as a contest before the break when Wildig's shot deflected in for 3-0.

Tozer's free-kick gave the hosts a glimmer of hope only for Morgan to finish well after neat approach play from Sean McAllister.

Akinfenwa quickly cut the lead back down to two goals before the Shrews pulled away in a stunning final few minutes.

Substitute Collins notched moments after coming on before Jacobson drove home from a tight angle and Langmead put through his own net.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Northampton Town caretaker manager David Lee tells BBC Radio Northampton:

Improvement will take hard work - Lee

"It wasn't very good at all. We gave three goals away in the first half and we started playing a little bit in the second half but they need to play at 0-0, not 3-0 down.

"It's going to take a lot of hard work. At the moment, we're not great and we do need new players in certain positions.

"I'm not going to slaughter them, I'm not that kind of person. I need them (but) they let themselves down today. You don't become bad footballers overnight."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (3)

Northampton

  • 01 Walker
  • 04 Crowe
  • 05 Tozer
  • 25 Westwood (McKoy - 87' )
  • 28 Langmead
  • 07 Davies
  • 17 Jacobs Booked
  • 29 Arthur (Robinson - 62' )
  • 31 Niven
  • 09 Berahino
  • 10 Akinfenwa

Substitutes

  • 26 Hall
  • 15 Turnbull
  • 22 McKoy
  • 08 Robinson
  • 18 Purcell

Shrewsbury

  • 01 Neal
  • 03 Jacobson
  • 05 Sharps
  • 06 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 26 Hurst
  • 04 McAllister
  • 07 Wright
  • 14 Richards Booked
  • 20 Wildig
  • 10 Morgan Booked
  • 24 Gornell (Collins - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Smith
  • 18 Goldson
  • 08 Wroe
  • 16 Ainsworth
  • 09 Collins
Ref: Webb
Att: 5,039

Match Stats

Shots

16 15

On target

6 10

Corners

1 4

Fouls

10 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +7:34 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +5:30

Assist by James Collins (Shrewsbury) from right side of penalty area.

90:00 +5:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Kelvin Langmead - Northamp'n 2 - 7 Shrewsbury Own goal by Kelvin Langmead (Northampton) right-footed (low centre of goal) from own half (6 yards).Northampton 2-7 Shrewsbury.

90:00 +4:20

Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Mark Wright (Shrewsbury).

90:00 +4:10

Cross by Marvin Morgan (Shrewsbury), clearance by Nick McKoy (Northampton).

90:00 +3:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Joe Jacobson - Northamp'n 2 - 6 Shrewsbury Goal by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury) left-footed (top-left of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Northampton 2-6 Shrewsbury.

90:00 +2:38

Goal kick taken long by Sam Walker (Northampton).

90:00 +2:19

Shot by Sean McAllister (Shrewsbury) left-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar.

90:00 +1:26

Cross by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Northampton), save (caught) by Chris Neal (Shrewsbury).

90:00 +0:46

Shot by James Hurst (Shrewsbury) right-footed from right channel (35+ yards), blocked by Kelvin Langmead (Northampton).

90:00 +0:01

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Mark Wright (Shrewsbury) to short, resulting in open play.

89:37

Shot by Arron Davies (Northampton) drilled right-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Ian Sharps (Shrewsbury).

89:14

Cross by Jake Robinson (Northampton), save (caught) by Chris Neal (Shrewsbury).

87:44

Assist (pass) by James Hurst (Shrewsbury) from right channel.

87:44 Goal scored

Goal! - James Collins - Northamp'n 2 - 5 Shrewsbury Goal by James Collins (Shrewsbury) drilled right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (20 yards).Northampton 2-5 Shrewsbury.

86:41

Free kick taken right-footed by Sam Walker (Northampton) from own half, resulting in open play.

86:41 Substitution

Substitution Northampton substitution: Ashley Westwood replaced by Nick McKoy (tactical).

86:02 Substitution

Substitution Shrewsbury substitution: Terry Gornell replaced by James Collins (tactical).

85:55

Marvin Morgan (Shrewsbury) caught offside.

84:43

Assist (pass) by Michael Jacobs (Northampton) from left channel.

84:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Adebayo Akinfenwa - Northamp'n 2 - 4 Shrewsbury Goal by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Northampton) curled right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (18 yards).Northampton 2-4 Shrewsbury.

84:17

Defending throw-in by Jason Crowe (Northampton).

83:42 Booking

Booking Marvin Morgan (Shrewsbury) booked for unsporting behaviour.

83:30

Attacking throw-in by Jason Crowe (Northampton).

83:21

Attacking throw-in by Jason Crowe (Northampton).

83:17

Defending throw-in by James Hurst (Shrewsbury).

81:33

Assist (pass) by Mark Wright (Shrewsbury) from left side of penalty area.

81:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Marvin Morgan - Northamp'n 1 - 4 Shrewsbury Goal by Marvin Morgan (Shrewsbury) drilled left-footed (top-left of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Northampton 1-4 Shrewsbury.

81:01

Defending throw-in by Jason Crowe (Northampton).

79:50

Foul by Jake Robinson (Northampton) on James Hurst (Shrewsbury). Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Neal (Shrewsbury) from own half, resulting in open play.

79:29

Goal kick taken long by Chris Neal (Shrewsbury).

79:18

Defending throw-in by Ben Tozer (Northampton).

78:28

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Northampton) on James Hurst (Shrewsbury). Free kick taken right-footed by James Hurst (Shrewsbury) from own half, resulting in open play.

78:20

Goal kick taken long by Chris Neal (Shrewsbury).

77:44

Shot by Arron Davies (Northampton) curled right-footed from left side of six-yard box (18 yards), missed right.

77:36

Cross by Jake Robinson (Northampton), clearance by Ian Sharps (Shrewsbury).

77:02

Cross by Marvin Morgan (Shrewsbury), clearance by Ben Tozer (Northampton).

76:31

Attacking throw-in by Ben Tozer (Northampton).

74:57

Cross by Mark Wright (Shrewsbury), clearance by Kelvin Langmead (Northampton).

73:09

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Mark Wright (Shrewsbury) to near post, shot by Marvin Morgan (Shrewsbury) left-footed from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), missed left.

72:48

Shot by Mark Wright (Shrewsbury) curled right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Sam Walker (Northampton).

72:18

Cross by Michael Jacobs (Northampton), save (caught) by Chris Neal (Shrewsbury).

72:08

Attacking throw-in by Ben Tozer (Northampton).

71:45

Foul by Mark Wright (Shrewsbury) on Michael Jacobs (Northampton). Free kick taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood (Northampton) from own half, passed.

71:23

Defending throw-in by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury).

70:54

Attacking throw-in by Jason Crowe (Northampton).

68:34

Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Shrewsbury) on Saido Berahino (Northampton). Free kick drilled right-footed by Michael Jacobs (Northampton) from right channel (35 yards), over the bar.

67:23

Goal kick taken long by Chris Neal (Shrewsbury).

66:46

Foul by Terry Gornell (Shrewsbury) on Ashley Westwood (Northampton). Free kick taken right-footed by Sam Walker (Northampton) from own half, resulting in open play.

66:09

Terry Gornell (Shrewsbury) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Sam Walker (Northampton) from own half, resulting in open play.

65:12

Goal kick taken long by Sam Walker (Northampton).

64:14

Goal kick taken long by Chris Neal (Shrewsbury).

63:08

Goal kick taken long by Chris Neal (Shrewsbury).

62:57

Cross by Michael Jacobs (Northampton), save (caught) by Chris Neal (Shrewsbury).

62:50

Attacking throw-in by Jason Crowe (Northampton).

61:55 Substitution

Substitution Northampton substitution: Chris Arthur replaced by Jake Robinson (tactical).

61:24

Foul by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury) on Ben Tozer (Northampton). Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Tozer (Northampton) from own half, resulting in open play.

60:35

Shot by Terry Gornell (Shrewsbury) drilled right-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Kelvin Langmead (Northampton).

58:33

Attacking throw-in by James Hurst (Shrewsbury).

58:01

Defending throw-in by James Hurst (Shrewsbury).

57:10

Foul by Chris Arthur (Northampton) on James Hurst (Shrewsbury). Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Richards (Shrewsbury) from right wing, clearance by Ashley Westwood (Northampton).

56:59

Attacking throw-in by James Hurst (Shrewsbury).

56:54

Defending throw-in by James Hurst (Shrewsbury).

56:15

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Northampton) on Ian Sharps (Shrewsbury). Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Neal (Shrewsbury) from own half, resulting in open play.

55:33

Attacking throw-in by Ben Tozer (Northampton). Shot by Saido Berahino (Northampton) right-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), save (caught) by Chris Neal (Shrewsbury).

54:57

Shot by Derek Niven (Northampton) volleyed right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Shrewsbury).

54:52

Attacking throw-in by Ben Tozer (Northampton).

54:15

Goal kick taken long by Sam Walker (Northampton).

53:41

Attacking throw-in by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury).

52:23

Shot by Derek Niven (Northampton) volleyed left-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed left.

52:17

Attacking throw-in by Jason Crowe (Northampton).

51:00

Shot by Arron Davies (Northampton) drilled right-footed from right channel (30 yards), save (parried) by Chris Neal (Shrewsbury).

50:04

Attacking throw-in by Ben Tozer (Northampton).

49:58

Defending throw-in by Ben Tozer (Northampton).

48:32

Assist by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Northampton) from right channel.

48:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Tozer - Northamp'n 1 - 3 Shrewsbury Free kick scored by Ben Tozer (Northampton) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right channel (25 yards).Northampton 1-3 Shrewsbury.

46:43

Foul by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury) on Adebayo Akinfenwa (Northampton).

46:11

Goal kick taken long by Sam Walker (Northampton).

45:44

Shot by Marvin Morgan (Shrewsbury) volleyed left-footed from left channel (30 yards), missed right.

45:40

Attacking throw-in by Ben Tozer (Northampton).

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +3:04 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +2:51

Attacking throw-in by Marvin Morgan (Shrewsbury).

45:00 +2:22

Attacking throw-in by Jason Crowe (Northampton).

45:00 +1:46

Mark Wright (Shrewsbury) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Sam Walker (Northampton) from own half, resulting in open play.

45:00 +0:26

Foul by Matthew Richards (Shrewsbury) on Saido Berahino (Northampton). Free kick curled right-footed by Michael Jacobs (Northampton) from left channel (20 yards), hit wall.

44:00

Assist by Terry Gornell (Shrewsbury) from centre of penalty area.

44:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Aaron Wildig - Northamp'n 0 - 3 Shrewsbury Goal by Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury) right-footed (low centre of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Northampton 0-3 Shrewsbury.

42:37

Goal kick taken long by Sam Walker (Northampton).

42:08

Foul by Chris Arthur (Northampton) on James Hurst (Shrewsbury). Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Neal (Shrewsbury) from own half, resulting in open play.

41:51

Cross by Chris Arthur (Northampton), resulting in open play.

40:16

Cross by Chris Arthur (Northampton), header by Saido Berahino (Northampton) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

39:13

Assist by Terry Gornell (Shrewsbury) from centre of penalty area.

39:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Mark Wright - Northamp'n 0 - 2 Shrewsbury Goal by Mark Wright (Shrewsbury) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Northampton 0-2 Shrewsbury.

37:48

Attacking throw-in by James Hurst (Shrewsbury).

36:36

Foul by Derek Niven (Northampton) on Terry Gornell (Shrewsbury). Free kick taken left-footed by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury) from left channel, resulting in open play.

33:39

Marvin Morgan (Shrewsbury) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Sam Walker (Northampton) from own half, resulting in open play.

32:35

Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Sam Walker (Northampton) from own half, resulting in open play.

32:08

Attacking throw-in by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury).

31:48

Attacking throw-in by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury).

31:27

Goal kick taken long by Sam Walker (Northampton).

30:32

Attacking throw-in by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury).

29:15

Defending throw-in by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury).

27:51

Attacking throw-in by James Hurst (Shrewsbury).

27:15

Goal kick taken long by Chris Neal (Shrewsbury).

26:58

Shot by Arron Davies (Northampton) volleyed right-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar.

26:46

Attacking throw-in by Chris Arthur (Northampton).

26:20

Attacking throw-in by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury).

24:50

Cross by Michael Jacobs (Northampton), save (caught) by Chris Neal (Shrewsbury).

24:11

Attacking throw-in by Jason Crowe (Northampton).

23:52

Foul by Terry Gornell (Shrewsbury) on Ashley Westwood (Northampton). Free kick taken right-footed by Sam Walker (Northampton) from own half, passed.

23:20

Mark Wright (Shrewsbury) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Sam Walker (Northampton) from own half, resulting in open play.

22:38

Attacking throw-in by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury).

21:37

Shot by Marvin Morgan (Shrewsbury) curled left-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), missed left.

21:22

Goal kick taken long by Sam Walker (Northampton).

20:31

Free kick taken right-footed by Ian Sharps (Shrewsbury) from own half, resulting in open play.

20:31 Booking

Booking Matthew Richards (Shrewsbury) booked for unsporting behaviour.

20:01 Booking

Booking Michael Jacobs (Northampton) booked for unsporting behaviour.

19:38

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Northampton) on Matthew Richards (Shrewsbury).

18:40

Shot by Terry Gornell (Shrewsbury) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Sam Walker (Northampton).

17:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Mark Wright - Northamp'n 0 - 1 Shrewsbury Goal by Mark Wright (Shrewsbury) drilled right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from left channel (20 yards).Northampton 0-1 Shrewsbury.

15:53

Foul by Chris Arthur (Northampton) on James Hurst (Shrewsbury). Free kick taken right-footed by James Hurst (Shrewsbury) from own half, passed.

15:30

Goal kick taken long by Chris Neal (Shrewsbury).

15:05

Shot by Arron Davies (Northampton) drilled right-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right.

14:49

Goal kick taken long by Chris Neal (Shrewsbury).

13:59

Cross by Jason Crowe (Northampton), shot by Arron Davies (Northampton) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.

13:21

Attacking throw-in by Ben Tozer (Northampton).

11:58

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Mark Wright (Shrewsbury) to near post, foul by Matthew Richards (Shrewsbury) on Derek Niven (Northampton). Free kick taken right-footed by Sam Walker (Northampton) from own half, resulting in open play.

11:09

Attacking throw-in by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury).

10:54

Attacking throw-in by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury).

9:37

Cross by Mark Wright (Shrewsbury), header by Marvin Morgan (Shrewsbury) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

9:05

Foul by Chris Arthur (Northampton) on Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury). Free kick taken right-footed by James Hurst (Shrewsbury) from right wing, resulting in open play.

8:57

Defending throw-in by James Hurst (Shrewsbury).

8:05

Cross by Michael Jacobs (Northampton), header by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Northampton) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.

7:46

Attacking throw-in by Jason Crowe (Northampton).

4:00

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Arron Davies (Northampton) to centre, header by Ashley Westwood (Northampton) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

3:48

Cross by Ben Tozer (Northampton), clearance by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury).

3:13

Terry Gornell (Shrewsbury) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Sam Walker (Northampton) from own half, resulting in open play.

2:31

Attacking throw-in by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury).

1:31

Foul by Kelvin Langmead (Northampton) on Terry Gornell (Shrewsbury). Free kick taken right-footed by Matthew Richards (Shrewsbury) from right channel, resulting in open play.

1:22

Attacking throw-in by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury).

0:36

Defending throw-in by James Hurst (Shrewsbury).

0:00

The game begins.

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