September 29, 2012
Nicholls helps Cobblers earn point in thriller
Skipper Kelvin Langmead scored at both ends as Northampton fought out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Burton.
Alex Nicholls was the Cobblers' hero when he floated in an 82nd minute equaliser after Aidy Boothroyd's side had trailed 2-0 and 3-2.
Burton dominated the first half but had only Calvin Zola's goal to show for their efforts. The striker struck in the ninth minute with a low shot after crashing a header against the underside of the crossbar.
Cobblers goalkeeper Lee Nicholls rescued his side by keeping out a Robbie Weir shot before tipping a Zander Diamond header onto the crossbar.
The visitors could have snatched the equaliser against the run of play but Abebayo Akinfenwa's shot was pushed round a post by Stuart Tomlinson.
The hosts were rewarded with their second goal when Northampton's Langmead turned a Billy Kee cross into his own net in the 55th minute.
However, Langmead quickly made amends by heading home Ishmel Demontagnac's free kick to reduce the deficit four minutes later.
Akinfenwa hit a post before David Artell struck in a goalmouth scramble to bring the scores level in the 74th minute.
Skipper Diamond headed in a Damien McCrory free kick to put Burton back in front in the 79th minute, but it was Nicholls who had the final say.
|Burton Albion||Northampton Town|
|13 Stuart Tomlinson||21 Lee Nicholls|
|5 Alexander Diamond||18 David Artell|
|24 Robert Kiernan||5 Kelvin Langmead|
|20 Anthony O'Connor||12 Ben Tozer|
|23 Lee Bell||3 Joe Widdowson|
|19 Jacques Maghoma||23 Danny East|
|14 Damien McCrory||4 Luke Guttridge|
|8 Robbie Weir||11 Chris Hackett|
|26 Luke Rooney||7 Ishmel Demontagnac|
|10 Calvin Makongo Zola||10 Adebayo Akinfenwa|
|18 Matthew Paterson||14 Alex Nicholls|
|1 Ross Atkins||Shane Higgs 1|
|4 Nathan Stanton||Anthony Charles 6|
|3 Aaron Webster||John Johnson 2|
|7 Cleveland Taylor||Kemar Roofe 27|
|22 Jack Dyer||Louis Moult 19|
|29 Billy Kee||Henoc Mukendi 15|
|12 Adi Yussuf|
|Billy Kee for Calvin Makongo Zola (47)||John Johnson for Danny East (52)|
|Nathan Stanton for Ariel Borysiuk (73)||Kemar Roofe for Chris Hackett (58)|
|Aaron Webster for Luke Rooney (90)||Louis Moult for Ishmel Demontagnac (90)|
|Damien McCrory (82)||Luke Guttridge (54)|
|Robbie Weir (34)|
|· Squads: Burton Albion | Northampton Town|