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Northampton Town 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

Zach Clough
Zach Clough slots home his seventh goal of the season for Bolton

Zach Clough grabbed the only goal of the game as in-form Bolton beat Northampton at Sixfields.

The Trotters moved into the automatic promotion places in League One after claiming an eighth win in nine matches, with this result their third victory in a row.

However, it was the Cobblers who started the brightest as David Buchanan's shot on the turn tested Ben Alnwick and Matt Taylor rattled the upright after good work from Kenji Gorre.

In between, Bolton's Sammy Ameobi volleyed straight at David Cornell.

Ameobi also had a close range effort blocked and Jay Spearing fired over before the Cobblers went close again through Sam Hoskins.

But Bolton broke the deadlock in the 25th minute when neat play on the left ended with Ameobi putting in Clough and he beat the advancing Cornell from 10 yards.

The impressive Clough was just off target with an overhead kick moments later as Bolton continued to look a threat going forward.

Northampton upped their tempo after the restart and began to ask questions of the Bolton defence, with substitute Marc Richards having an effort ruled out for offside.

But the visitors went close when Tom Thorpe tested Cornell from distance.

The hardworking Hoskins was denied by Alnwick as Northampton sensed a deserved equaliser.

They forced the issue in the latter stages, with Richards having another close range effort scrambled clear while Taylor was twice denied by Alnwick, who also thwarted substitute John-Joe O'Toole.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 26Cornell
  • 18Phillips
  • 22Nyatanga
  • 6Zakuani
  • 3Buchanan
  • 12McCourtSubstituted forO'Tooleat 54'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 31Taylor
  • 4AndersonSubstituted forPotterat 76'minutes
  • 14Hoskins
  • 11GorréSubstituted forRichardsat 54'minutes
  • 10Revell

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 9Richards
  • 15Potter
  • 16Beautyman
  • 20Hanley
  • 21O'Toole
  • 28McDonald

Bolton

  • 13Alnwick
  • 23Wilson
  • 15Derik
  • 5Beevers
  • 20Taylor
  • 32Thorpe
  • 8Spearing
  • 22AmeobiSubstituted forHenryat 72'minutes
  • 6Vela
  • 10CloughSubstituted forTaylorat 87'minutes
  • 14MadineSubstituted forProctorat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 3Moxey
  • 7Taylor
  • 9Proctor
  • 11Anderson
  • 24Henry
  • 39Turner
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
7,018

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home4
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Bolton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Bolton Wanderers 1.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by James Henry.

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ben Alnwick.

Attempt saved. Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Chris Taylor replaces Zach Clough.

Hand ball by Jamie Proctor (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Jamie Proctor replaces Gary Madine.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Derik.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Alfie Potter replaces Paul Anderson.

Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Jay Spearing.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Lawrie Wilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. James Henry replaces Sammy Ameobi.

Booking

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Paul Anderson (Northampton Town).

Derik (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).

Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Tom Thorpe (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Lawrie Wilson.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Lewin Nyatanga.

Paul Anderson (Northampton Town) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Marc Richards replaces Kenji Gorré.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. John-Joe O'Toole replaces Jak McCourt.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Derik.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Gabriel Zakuani.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Gabriel Zakuani.

Attempt blocked. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jak McCourt (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Derik.

Second Half

Second Half begins Northampton Town 0, Bolton Wanderers 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Bolton Wanderers 1.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe20135241172444
2Bolton20124424121240
3Sheff Utd19115334211338
4Bradford209832718935
5Rochdale209382725230
6Peterborough198562821729
7Wimbledon207853024629
8Fleetwood208573126529
9Millwall198473231128
10Southend207762627-128
11Charlton196942619727
12Port Vale207672429-527
13Bristol Rovers207672935-627
14Oxford Utd207582424026
15Gillingham207582932-326
16Northampton206682828024
17Walsall195862228-623
18Swindon206592128-723
19MK Dons205692530-521
20Bury2062122838-1020
21Coventry204791725-819
22Chesterfield2053122434-1018
23Oldham193881121-1017
24Shrewsbury2036111934-1515
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