League Two
Exeter0Northampton2

Exeter City 0-2 Northampton Town

John-Joe O'Toole
John-Joe O'Toole's goal was his first for Northampton since joining them last summer

First-half goals from Marc Richards and John-Joe O'Toole secured a first win in seven games for League Two strugglers Northampton at Exeter's expense.

City had early chances through Tom Nichols and Aaron Davies before Richards bundled in Brendan Moloney's cross for the opener.

Richards should have added a second when he fired wide, but O'Toole charged through and scored shortly after.

Alex Nicholls missed a late chance for Exeter, who have lost three in a row.

Northampton's win saw them move five points clear of the bottom two, while the Grecians are two points adrift of the play-offs.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Wilder on Exeter v Northampton

"I'm delighted that we got a clean sheet. I thought we had man-of-the-match performances all over the pitch.

"I still think there is more to come from John-Joe O'Toole. He links the play up, but he knows he has to work hard.

"I look at the league table every half an hour - and maybe I shouldn't because it does my nut in. But we've now got a committed group of players who want to do well for the football club."

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 21Hamon
  • 6Ribeiro
  • 8Oakley
  • 2ButterfieldSubstituted forNichollsat 60'minutes
  • 3Woodman
  • 19NobleBooked at 31mins
  • 7SercombeBooked at 80mins
  • 11Davies
  • 20NicholsSubstituted forWheelerat 67'minutes
  • 34MorrisonSubstituted forCumminsat 67'minutes
  • 33Harley

Substitutes

  • 4Bennett
  • 10Keohane
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 22Wheeler
  • 23Nicholls
  • 30Pym
  • 31Cummins

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2Moloney
  • 36CresswellBooked at 44mins
  • 6Collins
  • 3Horwood
  • 19D'Ath
  • 25Byrom
  • 21Taylor
  • 26Holmes
  • 9RichardsSubstituted forHackettat 88'minutes
  • 10O'TooleBooked at 69minsSubstituted forSinclairat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Carter
  • 7Sinclair
  • 11Hackett
  • 12Tozer
  • 13Snedker
  • 15Hornby
  • 28Warburton
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
3,519

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home8
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 0, Northampton Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 0, Northampton Town 2.

Foul by Liam Sercombe (Exeter City).

Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Harley (Exeter City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Chris Hackett replaces Marc Richards.

Attempt missed. Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

Booking

Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Liam Sercombe (Exeter City).

Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Emile Sinclair replaces John-Joe O'Toole.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Christian Ribeiro.

Booking

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Christian Ribeiro (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces Tom Nichols.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Graham Cummins replaces Clinton Morrison.

Foul by Tom Nichols (Exeter City).

Lee Collins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Nichols (Exeter City).

Evan Horwood (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Alex Nicholls (Exeter City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Alex Nicholls replaces Danny Butterfield.

Christian Ribeiro (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason Taylor (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Brendon Moloney.

Foul by Tom Nichols (Exeter City).

Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Exeter City 0, Northampton Town 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Exeter City 0, Northampton Town 2.

Booking

Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town).

Tom Nichols (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason Taylor (Northampton Town).

Christian Ribeiro (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

David Noble (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe25148339201950
2Burton25154635241149
3Newport25137536251146
4Shrewsbury25136633161745
5Luton24127528171143
6Southend2511862420441
7Plymouth25116829171239
8Stevenage2511593532338
9Bury2411493530537
10Exeter2610793335-237
11Morecambe25105102523235
12Wimbledon249693433133
13Accrington23103103437-333
14Cambridge2495103529632
15Oxford Utd2578102631-529
16Northampton2584133638-228
17Portsmouth2477102630-428
18Cheltenham2577112235-1328
19York2551282629-327
20Mansfield2476111930-1127
21Dag & Red2575132636-1026
22Carlisle2573152946-1724
23Tranmere2458112330-723
24Hartlepool2545161843-2517
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