Matty’s pres­sure kick the dif­fer­ence

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By James Heneghan

NORTHAMP­TON man­ager Justin Ed­in­burgh re­vealed that it was or­ders from the bench that led to Matty Tay­lor tak­ing and scor­ing his side’s late penalty to earn a cru­cial vic­tory over AFC Wim­ble­don.

With four min­utes re­main­ing it seemed these two sides would play out their sec­ond goal­less draw of the sea­son after a lack­lus­tre and low-qual­ity con­test, only for there to be a late twist.

Dons de­fender Chris Robert­son need­lessly han­dled in­side his own penalty area from a Northamp­ton cor­ner, leav­ing ref­eree Nigel Miller no op­tion but to award the Cob­blers a late spot-kick.

And after skip­per Marc Richards missed his pre­vi­ous two, Ed­in­burgh or­dered Tay­lor to step up and take re­spon­si­bil­ity, and the mid­fielder made no mis­take, send­ing Wim­ble­don goal­keeper James Shea the wrong way from 12 yards.

“I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted,” said Ed­in­burgh. “We were res­o­lute and when the one op­por­tu­nity came along we took it.

“In terms of football we’ve prob­a­bly played bet­ter since I’ve been here but that’s a com­plete away per­for­mance as far as I’m con­cerned.

“It was a big call for Matty to take the penalty. Marc Richards is desperate to make amends for the pre­vi­ous two he missed but I just felt it was right for Matty to take it this time. He dis­patched it well and I thought it was what we de­served.

“It’s a huge, huge vic­tory for us and it was fan­tas­tic team per­for­mance.”

While the win lifts Northamp­ton up to 15th, the Dons re­main 13th and boss Neal Ard­ley was left to re­flect on a tale of two penalty de­ci­sions.

He had no com­plaints over the one awarded to Northamp­ton but felt that his side should have had an ear­lier spot-kick when David Buchanan seem­ingly han­dled in­side the box.

But noth­ing was given and with Cob­blers goal­keeper Adam Smith deny­ing Dar­ius Charles in the home side’s only clear-cut chance, Ard­ley’s side slipped to rare home de­feat.

Ard­ley said: “I thought it was a 0-0 all day long. We played some good stuff in the first half and over­loaded them in mid­field.

“The sec­ond half they had a few half chances but the two penalty de­ci­sions are what re­ally de­cided it.

“Theirs is an ab­so­lute stonewall penalty. I don’t know what Robbo is do­ing to give it away. And ours is a stonewall penalty too. One is given but one is not and we lose the game.”

STAR MAN MATTY TAY­LOR Northamp­ton

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