Cambridge United 0 Northampton Town 1: James Heneghan's player ratings

Cobblers boosted their hopes of qualifying from Southern Group H in the EFL Trophy with a 1-0 victory over Cambridge United on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 9th October 2019, 1:49 pm
Did any of Cobblers' fringe players force their way into Keith Curle's thinking? Pictures: Pete Norton

Who strengthened their cause for more first-team action at the Abbey Stadium? Find out with our player ratings...

Timely opportunity to push his case with Arnold back from injury and he didn't disappoint. Quiet first-half but excellent second with fine stops from Smith and Dallas. Distribution and handling was impressive too... 8
Donned the captain's armband on his return to the side and ensured Goode's absence would not be as keenly felt this time. Decisive and assured back in his more conventional centre-half position... 7.5

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Strolled through the first 80 minutes before coming under pressure in the final 10. Even then, on the rare occasion he wasn't on hand to clear the danger, his goalkeeper came to the fore... 7
Shifted across to left-back and didn't look quite as comfortable. Caught out of position a couple of times in the second-half and had to be bailed out by his team-mates... 6
Easily his best game for the club. Showed nifty footwork and good awareness to set up Smith's winning goal, and defended with real assurance and confidence throughout... 8 CHRON STAR MAN
Positioning and discipline was excellent as he swept up loose ends and complemented his young midfield partner. Bounded around the pitch with his usual enthusiasm... 7
Took up good positions with his movement in the first-half but couldn't make full use once he received possession. Slashed over the angle of post and bar in his clearest sight of goal... 6.5
A real livewire on the right, jinking and bobbing his way into threatening areas. Gave United's defence a hard time of it and the only thing missing was the final pass or shot... 7
His purposeful and incisive passing through midfield gave Cobblers control in the first-half and helped them find some dangerous positions. Faded a little but he's always positive and looking to play forward... 7.5
Was asked to play a tactical role on the left-wing and whilst it's clearly not his natural position, he stuck to his task admirably... 6.5
Showed he can be a handful when the service is right. Link-up play was a big improvement on Saturday and took his goal nicely, stabbing underneath the onrushing Burton... 7.5
A steadying hand as Town saw out victory, albeit not without alarm. Another 25 minutes in the legs too... 6.5
Direct as a second-half sub and always looking to get away early crosses... 6.5
On as a late sub... 6