Hartlepool United 2-0 Northampton Town

Hartlepool closed the gap on the League Two play-off places with victory over bottom side Northampton.

The visitors went close early on as Luke Norris saw a headed effort bounce off the inside of the post.

Hartlepool went ahead when Luke James controlled a pass from Matty Dolan before finishing beyond Matt Duke.

The advantage was doubled after James Poole was bundled over in the box by Mathias Doumbe and Simon Walton coolly sent Duke the wrong way from the spot.

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Hartlepool manager Colin Cooper told BBC Tees:

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Post-match: Hartlepool manager Colin Cooper

"I don't think anyone could argue we deserved to win that game.

"We dug in early on and earned the right to play by standing up to a big, strong team.

"That's the most pleasing thing for me. Teams are going to test whether we've got the resolve and we showed we have.

"I really am delighted to keep a clean sheet against Northampton because there was always going to be a lot of balls coming into our box."

Northampton manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Post-match: Northampton boss Boothroyd

"We started really well and in the second half we had a real go at them, but it wasn't enough for me. We got what we deserved.

"It's about consistency. We looked a very good team last week but you've got to come to places like this and dig out results.

"Unfortunately, we had too many players not at the same levels they were a week ago.

"The players are giving their all but lads like Darren Carter and Ishmel Demontagnac come back into contention for Chesterfield."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Oxford Utd1795329141532
2Chesterfield1795325141132
3Rochdale1710252821732
4Fleetwood17101631211031
5Southend179262215729
6Newport177642419527
7Burton178362120127
8Scunthorpe177641920-127
9Dag & Red177552522326
10Wimbledon177462220225
11Morecambe177462325-225
12Hartlepool177372119224
13Exeter177372122-124
14Plymouth176471317-422
15Wycombe166372121021
16Mansfield175662023-321
17Cheltenham175662328-521
18Portsmouth165562428-420
19York174582327-417
20Accrington174581623-717
21Bury173681822-415
22Bristol Rovers173681320-715
23Torquay173591829-1114
24Northampton1734101424-1013
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