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                                                    Ground: Sixfields Stadium , Kickoff: 15:00 , Att 4,462

                                                    Team news

                                                    Johnson boost for Cobblers John Johnson will be available for Northampton when they host Swindon on New Year's Eve.

                                                    Defender Johnson was sent off after just 18 minutes of the home defeat to Burton on Boxing Day for allegedly elbowing Albion captain John McGrath in a challenge.

                                                    Northampton appealed against the decision and on Thursday the Football Association overturned referee Andy Madley's ruling, meaning Johnson escapes a three-match suspension.

                                                    Adebayo Akinfenwa will be among those looking for a recall after the experienced striker started on the bench against Burton.

                                                    Aidy Boothroyd is still without a win since taking over as manager three games ago.

                                                    The Cobblers have not won in 11 League Two matches, losing on nine occasions, since beating Barnet 2-1 at Underhill on October 1.

                                                    Swindon will be without striker Jake Jervis.

                                                    The Robins hope to secure the Birmingham frontman's services until the end of the season or on a permanent basis when the January transfer window opens, but his current loan deal at the County Ground has expired making him ineligible for the meeting with the Cobblers.

                                                    That leaves either Alan Connell or Ronan Murray to lead the line for the Wiltshire outfit, alongside Czech hitman Lukas Magera, after manager Paolo Di Canio confirmed that Mehdi Kerrouche would be left out of his squad altogether once again.

                                                    Kerrouche has not featured for Swindon since the 1-1 draw at Bristol Rovers on December 10 and Di Canio said leaving the Algerian at home this weekend was a "technical decision".

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                                                    McCormack's late winner downs Cobblers Alan McCormack grabbed a dramatic stoppage-time winner as 10-man Swindon came from behind to beat Northampton 2-1.

                                                    Michael Jacobs gave the Cobblers a 22nd-minute lead from the penalty spot after he had been tripped by Jonathan Smith as he waltzed into the box.

                                                    Saido Berahino almost doubled Northampton's led after the restart when his header was superbly saved by Wes Foderingham. But Swindon stepped up a gear with Oliver Risser poking a shot wide at the near post and substitute Simon Ferry glancing a header wide.

                                                    Substitute Alan Connell finally equalised in the 66th minute, getting on the end of Risser's pinpoint pass to turn inside Ashley Corker and find the bottom corner of the net from 12 yards. Risser was then red carded for a challenge on John Johnson in the 78th minute.

                                                    Connell failed to connect with Murray's inviting low cross in the 88th minute and Berahino blazed over two minutes later. But McCormark hit the winner from close range three minutes into in stoppage-time after being picked out by Raffaele De Vita.

                                                    Team Line-ups

                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Substitution Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Rating
                                                    1 Shane Higgs
                                                    4 Jason Crowe(sub 70)
                                                    3 Ashley Corker
                                                    28 Kelvin Langmead
                                                    5 Ben Tozer
                                                    7 Arron Davies(sub 45)
                                                    14 John Johnson
                                                    17 Michael Jacobs Goal
                                                    2 Lewis Young
                                                    8 Jake Robinson(sub 70)
                                                    9 Saido Berahino
                                                    26 Freddy Hall
                                                    10 Adebayo Akinfenwa(sub 70)
                                                    11 Andy Holt
                                                    19 Greg Kaziboni(sub 70)
                                                    22 Nick McKoy(sub 45)
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Substitution Rating
                                                    35 Wesley Foderingham
                                                    7 Paul Caddis
                                                    3 Callum Kennedy
                                                    5 Joe Devera(sub 73)
                                                    12 Alan McCormack Goal
                                                    10 Matt Ritchie
                                                    24 Jonathan Smith(sub 54)
                                                    13 Oliver Risser
                                                    23 Raffaele De Vita
                                                    34 Ronan Murray
                                                    29 Lukas Magera(sub 45)
                                                    4 Aden Flint(sub 73)
                                                    8 Simon Ferry(sub 54)
                                                    17 Alan Connell(sub 45) Goal
                                                    21 Lander Gabilondo
                                                    27 Alessandro Cibocchi

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