MOR­RIS STRIKE STUNS JUSTIN

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Sam Gas­coyne

NEW Northamp­ton boss Justin Ed­in­burgh watched from the stands as they went down to pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Scun­thorpe thanks to a late won­der strike by Josh Mor­ris.

Ed­in­burgh re­placed Rob Page this week and was given an in­di­ca­tion of the size of the task that awaits him.

Mor­ris’s win­ner takes the Iron to within a point of league lead­ers Sh­effield United, much to the de­light of man­ager Gra­ham Alexan­der.

“It’s a bril­liant win for us,” he said. “We had to de­fend a lot and we had to put our heads on the line but we kept our qual­ity and won it in the end.

“Northamp­ton have vast ex­pe­ri­ence through­out their ranks, they’ve got a way of play­ing that puts you un­der the cosh, you have to deal with it and we did that well.

“The goal that won it for us was a strike to win any. It was fan­tas­tic and the work ethic from the whole team was un­be­liev­able. It’s a mas­sive win for us away from home.”

Alex Rev­ell should have put the Cob­blers in front early on, al­though an heroic dou­ble save from Scun­thorpe keeper Luke Daniels and a goal-line clearance from cap­tain Stephen Daw­son kept Northamp­ton at bay.

The hosts were left rue­ing missed chances as only four min­utes later Scun­thorpe opened the scor­ing af­ter Daw­son floated a fine ball into the box which was well met by the head of Dutch­man Kevin van Veen.

Northamp­ton found an equaliser just be­fore half-time af­ter Rev­ell latched onto a cross from Matt Tay­lor.

He man­aged to squeeze his header in at the back post.

Re­ju­ve­nated by their equaliser Northamp­ton came out for the sec­ond half with real in­tent, al­most tak­ing the lead af­ter a Zan­der Diamond ef­fort rat­tled the post.

Scun­thorpe stood up to their host’s tenac­ity, fir­ing back, and set-piece spe­cial­ist Mor­ris saw his thun­der­ous free-kick crash off the cross­bar and S away from dan­ger.

It took a late mo­ment of magic to sink the Cob­blers in the end, Mor­ris’s won­der­ful left­footed strike from all of 30 yards flew past Adam Smith to send high-fly­ing Scun­thorpe home with all three points.

Northamp­ton care­taker man­ager Paul Wilkin­son said: “It was frus­trat­ing and dis­ap­point­ing. We con­trolled a lot of the game but we didn’t re­ally take ad­van­tage of our op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“When you’re play­ing top-ofthe-ta­ble teams like Scun­thorpe they’re go­ing to pun­ish you, and they pun­ished us.

“It was frus­trat­ing to con­cede a late goal, but Josh Mor­ris is a spe­cial player. There’s not many at this level that could smash the ball into the top cor­ner of the net from all of 30 yards, but it came from us not deal­ing with the ball, and it’s that that cost us.

“On an­other day I feel we could have won that game.”

PIC­TURES: ProS­ports/Dennis Good­win

DOU­BLE SAVE: Scun­thorpe keeper Luke Daniels on fire WON­DER STRIKE: Scun­thorpe’s Josh Mor­ris cel­e­brates his win­ner

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