Goalkeeping blunder so costly for Cobblers

Huddersfield 3 Northampton Town 2

A horrible goalkeeping mistake and the return of a ghost from Northampton Town's past ensured Stuart Gray's search for an away win in the league goes on.

Town were humbled 3-2 at Huddersfield thanks to Andy Booth's sixth career goal against them and a Michael Flynn double.

The second of those two goals was a daisy-cutter that rookie keeper Chris Dunn somehow let go through him.

In an open and at times frantic first 25 minutes, the Terriers were the dominant force and looked a threat every time they delivery the ball into the visitors' area with any quality.

But that picture changed when Guttridge dropped his shoulder in the box to create a yard of space, and then drill a cross-shot which Jim Goodwin could only turn into his own goal.

Within seconds a neat flowing move involving Adebayo Akinfenwa and Karl Hawley set the latter free, and he looked to have broken clear of Nathan Clarke, who appeared to bring the striker down.

Stuart Gray was furious on the Town bench, and although his rage was eased somewhat when Colin Larkin hit the bar with a lob from a difficult angle, it returned in spades in the 34th minute when Liam Dickinson's left-wing cross caused havoc in the area and was eventually stabbed in by Booth.

Dickinson was at the heart of most of the home side's good play, and on 64 minutes held the ball up on the right before rolling into the path of Flynn, who picked his spot in the bottom corner.

His next crack at goal was hit with much less venom but went in nonetheless – Dunn will have been wishing the ground would open up and swallow him as the ball trickled over the line.

In injury time Liam Davis got his first goal for the club with a powerful back-post header to make the scoreline slightly more respectable, but this defeat was as depressing as they come.

Huddersfield: Glennon, Skarz, Craney, N Clarke, Worthington, Flynn, Goodwin, Roberts, Butler, Booth (Parker 85), Dickinson. Subs not used: Holdsworth, Kamara, Beckett, Unsworth

Cobblers: Dunn; Little, Hughes, Dolman, Crowe; Larkin (Gilligan 65), Guttridge, Osman, Jackman (Davis 65); Akinfenwa (Constantine 82), Hawley. Subs not used: Fielding, Henderson

Attendance: 12,414

Away fans: 296