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Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Northampton Town

Plymouth sealed back-to-back league wins for the first time this season as Lewis Alessandra's late goal condemned Northampton to the bottom of the table.

Argyle defender Curtis Nelson went close at both ends in the first half, heading onto his own post before forcing a good save from Matt Duke.

Luke Norris went closest for the Cobblers, but Pilgrims goalkeeper Luke McCormick made a magnificent save.

Alessandra sealed the win as he took a deft Reuben Reid pass and slotted home.

The goal had been coming for Argyle, who still have the worst scoring record in League Two, with Reid and Alessandra both having gone close before the 90th-minute winner.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Plymouth Argyle manager John Sheridan told BBC Radio Devon:

John Sheridan

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Post-match: Plymouth boss Sheridan

"Just after half-time they had a little spell where we got a bit sloppy and Luke McCormick's had one or two shots to save, which I didn't really like the look of, but after that I thought we created lots and lots of chances.

"The goal to win the game was an excellent move. Youngy's (Luke Young) come on, and I like my subs sometimes to come on and change the game, and I think Youngy's just played four or five passes, which no-one really did in the whole game.

"We're just getting on a little run. Clean sheets are a good habit but our problem has been scoring goals, and the pleasing thing is we could've scored three or four."

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd tells BBC Radio Northampton:

Aidy Boothroyd

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Post-match: Northampton boss Boothroyd

"It's sickening, and I need to make some changes. It's not acceptable.

"I am really irritated by what I've seen in that last five minutes. You do not concede in the last few minutes.

"There's no point in doing half a job, preparing like we do, working hard all week and then throwing it all out the window because we're not disciplined enough to win a game.

"I'm extremely annoyed at some of the players and I need to do something about it. These players are good enough and yet we are languishing where we are."

Line-ups

Plymouth

  • 23McCormick
  • 2Berry
  • 28Reckord
  • 5BranstonBooked at 74minsSubstituted forYoungat 76'minutes
  • 16TrotmanBooked at 83mins
  • 4Blanchard
  • 8BocoSubstituted forHayesat 81'minutes
  • 6Hourihane
  • 9ReidSubstituted forHarveyat 90+4'minutes
  • 7Alessandra
  • 17Nelson

Substitutes

  • 1Cole
  • 3Blackman
  • 14Young
  • 18Harvey
  • 19Hayes
  • 20Bencherif
  • 27Gurrieri

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 6CollinsBooked at 66mins
  • 3Widdowson
  • 8Morris
  • 18Reid
  • 27Kouo-Doumbe
  • 11Hackett
  • 4Carter
  • 33Norris
  • 32Ferdinand
  • 29Dallas

Substitutes

  • 7Demontagnac
  • 12Tozer
  • 17Deegan
  • 19Emerton
  • 21McNamara
  • 24Toney
  • 26Harriott
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
6,547

Match Stats

Home TeamPlymouthAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away11

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Fleetwood159151028
2Oxford Utd157531026
3Chesterfield15753726
4Rochdale15825426
5Morecambe15744225
6Exeter15735324
7Burton15735224
8Scunthorpe15663024
9Southend15726423
10Newport15654323
11Dag & Red15654223
12Wycombe14635321
13Hartlepool15636221
14Mansfield15564021
15Wimbledon15636-221
16Portsmouth14554120
17Plymouth15537-518
18Cheltenham15456-617
19York15447-316
20Bristol Rovers15357-614
21Torquay15357-814
22Bury15348-413
23Accrington15258-1011
24Northampton15249-910
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