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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:

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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:

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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

Live Text

Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 1, Northampton Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 1, Northampton Town 0.
Attempt missed. Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Tyler Harvey replaces Reuben Reid.
Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).
Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Plymouth Argyle 1, Northampton Town 0. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Reuben Reid.
Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Matt Duke.
Attempt saved. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt missed. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Attempt blocked. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle).
Luke Norris (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Paul Hayes replaces Romuald Boco.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Luke Young replaces Guy Branston.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Conor Hourihane.

Booking

Guy Branston (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Guy Branston (Plymouth Argyle).
Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).
Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Paul Reid (Northampton Town).
Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Kane Ferdinand (Northampton Town).

Booking

Lee Collins (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.
Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lee Collins (Northampton Town).
Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Matt Duke.
Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Paul Reid (Northampton Town).
Foul by Jamie Reckord (Plymouth Argyle).
Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.
Attempt missed. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.
Jamie Reckord (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).
Attempt missed. Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Matt Duke.
Attempt saved. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Jamie Reckord (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Luke Norris (Northampton Town).
Hand ball by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).
Attempt missed. Luke Norris (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Luke McCormick.
Attempt saved. Luke Norris (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Plymouth Argyle 0, Northampton Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 0, Northampton Town 0.
Attempt missed. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt saved. Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Lee Collins.
Attempt missed. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Attempt missed. Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) header from very close range is too high.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Neal Trotman.
goal

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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