Northampton Town moved off the bottom of League Two for the first time this year with victory over play-off hopefuls Southend United.

Mathias Kouo-Doumbe headed in Chris Hackett's corner to put the hosts ahead, before Michael Timlin latched on to Marc Laird's throughball to level.

Ricky Ravenhill blazed over the Southend bar and Barry Corr hit tamely at Northampton keeper Matt Duke.

But Hackett slotted in Emile Sinclair's cutback to secure the hosts' victory.

Hackett thought he had scored a second but saw his back-post header ruled out for offside, although it barely mattered as the Shrimpers failed to mount significant late pressure.

Phil Brown's side are in the midst of a worrying slide, having not recorded a victory in seven league games, but remain in the final play-off spot.

Meanwhile, Cobblers boss Chris Wilder has got the Sixfields contingent believing that survival may be possible with three wins from their last four, but they have to make up a five-point gap if they are to climb to safety.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

"It was another great effort by the players. I wanted us to play a little bit more first half - they didn't allow us to get our heads up, but we did in the second half.

"When the final whistle went, people weren't talking about our league position.

"It's a valuable three points and if we play with the same commitment and drive that we have tonight, then we'll continue to be a difficult side to play against.

"I don't think anybody will fancy playing us at the minute."

Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

"Quite simply, we didn't match them in the battle in the second half and that was the difference between the two teams.

"Northampton fully deserved to win the game. They looked like they were fighting for their lives and we have to have that kind of mentality from now until the end of the season.

"One or two harsh words have been said to one or two individuals. I want them to take responsibility for their performances.

"Tonight, I don't think one or two did, and consequently we were picked off and we lost the game."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 02 McSweeney
  • 29 Robertson
  • 34 Ravenhill
  • 23 Diamond
  • 27 Kouo-Doumbe
  • 11 Hackett
  • 04 Carter
  • 09 Marquis Booked (Connell - 55' )
  • 07 Sinclair (Deegan - 86' )
  • 35 Dickenson (Morris - 55' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Morris
  • 12 Tozer
  • 13 Snedker
  • 17 Deegan
  • 18 Connell
  • 24 Toney
  • 25 German

Southend United

  • 17 Bentley
  • 18 Leonard
  • 03 Coker
  • 04 Laird (Hurst - 72' )
  • 02 White
  • 05 Phillips Booked
  • 12 Atkinson
  • 08 Timlin Booked
  • 39 Barnard (Eastwood - 56' )
  • 10 Corr
  • 11 Straker (Williams - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 07 Eastwood
  • 14 Hurst
  • 21 Payne
  • 27 Banton
  • 28 Williams
  • 29 Gomis
Ref: Carl Boyeson
Att: 3,846

Match Stats

Shots

7 6

On target

2 2

Corners

6 4

Fouls

15 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Northampton Town 2, Southend United 1.

90:00 +4:19 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Northampton Town 2, Southend United 1.

90:00 +3:27

Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +3:27

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

90:00 +3:05 Booking

Booking Mark Phillips (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +3:02

Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:02

Foul by Mark Phillips (Southend United).

89:42

Foul by Alan Connell (Northampton Town).

89:42

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Gary Deegan replaces Emile Sinclair.

85:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Jason Williams replaces Anthony Straker.

84:50

Attempt blocked. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

84:28 Booking

Booking Michael Timlin (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

84:22

Alan Connell (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:22

Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

83:24

Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:24

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

83:01

Attempt blocked. Freddy Eastwood (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

82:00

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:58

Foul by Zander Diamond (Northampton Town).

77:21

Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:21

Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

74:41

Attempt missed. Kevan Hurst (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

72:17

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Mark Phillips.

71:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Kevan Hurst replaces Marc Laird.

69:29

Alan Connell (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:29

Foul by Marc Laird (Southend United).

68:26

Foul by Ian Morris (Northampton Town).

68:26

Will Atkinson (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:36

Attempt missed. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

65:01

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Gregor Robertson.

62:00

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by John White.

61:17

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by John White.

59:23

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ryan Leonard.

56:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 2, Southend United 1. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emile Sinclair.

55:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southend United. Freddy Eastwood replaces Lee Barnard.

54:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Ian Morris replaces Brennan Dickenson.

54:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Alan Connell replaces John Marquis.

48:06

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

48:06

John White (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:58

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Anthony Straker.

46:20

Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:20

Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

45:00

Second Half begins Northampton Town 1, Southend United 1.

45:00 +2:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Southend United 1.

45:00 +1:46

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

45:00 +1:46

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:26

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Leon McSweeney.

42:44

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

42:44

Anthony Straker (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:38

Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:38

Foul by Mark Phillips (Southend United).

38:50

Attempt missed. Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

37:21

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

37:21

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:03

Attempt saved. Barry Corr (Southend United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

33:07

Attempt missed. Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

32:03

John Marquis (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:03

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

30:21

Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:21

Foul by Anthony Straker (Southend United).

28:46

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

28:46

Lee Barnard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:16

Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:16

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

28:01

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

24:23

Attempt missed. Marc Laird (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

22:54

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town).

22:54

Marc Laird (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:12

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Zander Diamond.

19:13 Booking

Booking John Marquis (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

19:00

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:51

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

16:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 1, Southend United 1. Michael Timlin (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marc Laird.

16:00

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

15:50

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

15:20

Darren Carter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:20

Foul by Marc Laird (Southend United).

14:44

Attempt blocked. Lee Barnard (Southend United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

13:16

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

13:16

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:39

Attempt missed. Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

8:44

Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:44

Foul by Ben Coker (Southend United).

6:51

Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

6:51

Barry Corr (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 1, Southend United 0. Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Hackett with a cross following a corner.

5:12

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Mark Phillips.

1:35

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

1:35

Michael Timlin (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:18

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

0:18

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

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