The FA Cup - Third Round
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Burton Albion 2-4 Northampton Town, FA Cup third round

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FA Cup: Burton Albion 2-4 Northampton Town highlights

Northampton Town booked their place in the FA Cup fourth round with a deserved victory over Burton Albion at Pirelli Stadium.

The Cobblers had raced into a 3-0 lead after goals from Nicky Adams, Ryan Watson and Charlie Goode.

Burton reduced the deficit when Ryan Edwards gave them hope in the second minute of first-half injury time.

Sam Hoskins restored Northampton's three-goal cushion before Scott Fraser's late consolation.

League Two Northampton went ahead against a side from the division above when the ball dropped to Adams from a long throw and he fired home from 12 yards.

Keith Curle's side notched a second when Hoskins' cross picked out Watson who nodded past Burton goalkeeper Kieran O'Hara before Goode headed in from Adams' corner.

Burton pulled a goal back almost straight from the restart when Edwards latched on to a loose ball and finished confidently from close range.

Hoskins effectively made the result certain when he arrowed a low shot into the corner with 20 minutes left, although Fraser reduced the arrears with a fine curling effort late on.

The Cobblers will find out their fourth-round opponents when the draw is made live on BBC One on Monday ahead of the Arsenal v Leeds United tie. Coverage starts at 19:30 GMT.

'It's pure disappointment' - what they said

Burton boss Nigel Clough: "To go 3-0 down inside 45 minutes was extremely poor from our point of view.

"It's pure disappointment being knocked out of the FA Cup and conceding four goals. That's 11 in the last four games and we haven't kept a clean sheet for a long time.

"It's not just losing the game today and getting knocked out. It's a big financial blow to the club."

Northampton manager Keith Curle: "All the lads that came off the field had emptied the tank, they gave it everything.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game and that we would have to give it everything.

"I think the football club can be very proud of this performance and result and also of the support we had."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1O'Hara
  • 2BrayfordSubstituted forSarkicat 74'minutes
  • 18NarteySubstituted forO'Tooleat 37'minutes
  • 5Buxton
  • 3Daniel
  • 4Edwards
  • 7Quinn
  • 11TempletonSubstituted forSbarraat 71'minutes
  • 8Fraser
  • 10Akins
  • 27Boyce

Substitutes

  • 14Sbarra
  • 15Hutchinson
  • 17Sarkic
  • 21O'Toole
  • 22Beardsley
  • 24Garratt
  • 28Sharman-Lowe

Northampton

  • 1Cornell
  • 5Goode
  • 16WhartonBooked at 58mins
  • 6TurnbullBooked at 62mins
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forHarrimanat 55'minutes
  • 14LinesBooked at 44mins
  • 8Watson
  • 10Adams
  • 44AndersonSubstituted forPollockat 75'minutes
  • 7Hoskins
  • 19OliverSubstituted forWarburtonat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hall-Johnson
  • 3Martin
  • 12Pollock
  • 20Warburton
  • 23Harriman
  • 25Arnold
  • 29Waters
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
3,810

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home4
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Burton Albion 2, Northampton Town 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burton Albion 2, Northampton Town 4.

Attempt missed. Scott Pollock (Northampton Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

Scott Fraser (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matthew Warburton (Northampton Town).

Goal!

Goal! Burton Albion 2, Northampton Town 4. Scott Fraser (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Oliver Sarkic.

Foul by Ryan Edwards (Burton Albion).

Nicky Adams (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. John-Joe O'Toole (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Nicky Adams.

Attempt blocked. Oliver Sarkic (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Scott Pollock replaces Paul Anderson.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Oliver Sarkic replaces John Brayford.

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Matthew Warburton replaces Vadaine Oliver.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Joe Sbarra replaces David Templeton.

Goal!

Goal! Burton Albion 1, Northampton Town 4. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Vadaine Oliver.

Attempt saved. Ryan Watson (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by David Cornell.

Attempt saved. Ryan Edwards (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Jordan Turnbull (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Northampton Town).

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Michael Harriman (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Burton Albion).

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Scott Wharton.

Foul by Ryan Watson (Northampton Town).

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Michael Harriman.

Booking

Scott Wharton (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Scott Wharton (Northampton Town).

Liam Boyce (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ryan Edwards.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Michael Harriman replaces Andy Williams.

Attempt blocked. David Templeton (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Scott Fraser (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Liam Boyce (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Vadaine Oliver (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Burton Albion).

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