Cov fans on the ram­page in de­feat

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

NORTHAMP­TON picked up their first win un­der Justin Ed­in­burgh thanks to a sec­ond-half hat-trick by Keshi An­der­son in a match marred by ugly scenes off the pitch.

Ref­eree Lee Probert had to briefly halt pro­ceed­ings early on af­ter a bar­rage of flares were thrown onto the pitch from sec­tions of the 1,500 Coven­try fans.

Tem­pers flared on the field as well af­ter Coven­try cap­tain Jor­dan Wil­lis was shown a straight red for a reck­less tackle on David Buchanan on 16 min­utes.

Ten min­utes later the game was stopped again af­ter a num­ber of vis­it­ing sup­port­ers stormed the pitch, the play­ers this time led off the field of play.

Ed­in­burgh said: “It was a great win un­der dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances.

“It was ex­tremely frus­trat­ing and dis­ap­point­ing. I un­der­stand Coven­try’s sup­port­ers’ frus­tra­tion with their club, it’s sad to see, but it wasn’t easy to keep stop­ping and start­ing the game like we had to.

“It was dif­fi­cult, but I thought the play­ers’ concentration lev­els were great de­spite it all.

“We looked good go­ing for­ward, se­cure and solid through­out, al­beit against ten men.

“Keshi was a fox in the box with three good fin­ishes; he’s only go­ing to get bet­ter as his match fit­ness im­proves.”

The hosts broke the dead­lock eight min­utes into the sec­ond half af­ter Marc Richards played a won­der­ful ball through to An­der­son, who drilled home a low shot.

De­spite fur­ther crowd trou­ble Northamp­ton dou­bled their lead through loa­nee An­der­son who hooked the ball in from close range af­ter it fell kindly from a cor­ner.

An­der­son com­pleted his hat-trick on 76 min­utes af­ter Hi­ram Boateng did well to cut back the ball in a crowded box to find the striker, who wrapped up the game.

Coven­try boss Rus­sell Slade said: “It was a dif­fi­cult af­ter­noon, but we can only con­trol what we can con­trol and at­tempt to keep the team fo­cused on what they’re do­ing on the pitch, and we didn’t do a good job of that.

“The goals we con­ceded were poor and we had no real re­sponse, par­tic­u­larly af­ter the sec­ond goal.

“I’m try­ing to get the team right for the club, the fans and ev­ery­body con­cerned. We’re in a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion at the minute.

“For all the prepa­ra­tion in the world and work you do Mon­day to Fri­day, when some­thing like what hap­pened hap­pens, it throws your game plan into tur­moil.”

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