Boothroyd salutes Cobblers after crucial win
Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd was delighted to see his side beat play-off chasing Oxford 2-1 and all but secure their League Two status.
Substitute Brett Williams grabbed the 90th-minute winner after Cristian Montano had cancelled out Luke Guttridge's early opener and goalkeeper Neal Kitson had saved Adam Chapman's penalty.
Oxford's misery was completed in the final minute when experienced defender Michael Duberry was dismissed for a second booking at the end of a hotly-contested derby clash.
Boothroyd said: "It was a rollercoaster of a game and I was really pleased with the way the players stuck at it until the end because Oxford played very well in the second half. I thought 'do we shut up shut and settle for a point or go for it?', so we went for it and fortune favoured the brave.
"We started very well and deserved our lead but you have to give Oxford credit, they pushed their full-backs on in the second half and went for it. But I think the penalty save turned the game, they had the momentum up to then."
Boothroyd added: "Neal Kitson is a great kid and he's risked a lot to come over here and try to get a contract in English football because he had a good contract in the USA. He's only 5ft 11in and a peanut but he dominates his box and comes through 6ft 4in giants to get the ball. He's certainly not done his prospects of getting a contract any harm with his two displays so far."