League Two
Northampton1Portsmouth0

Northampton Town 1-0 Portsmouth

Ricky Holmes
Ricky Holmes scored his third goal in his 11 games for Northampton

Ricky Holmes scored against his former club as he set Northampton on their way to a third straight League Two win with victory over Portsmouth at Sixfields.

The visitors, who had been seven matches unbeaten, saw Ryan Taylor and Josh Passley both waste early chances.

But Holmes, who moved on a free to the Cobblers from Pompey in January, curled in superbly from 25 yards.

Pompey were better in the second half but saw Ben Chorley sent off late on for a second yellow.

Andy Awford's side had earlier come close when Ryan Cresswell cleared Craig Westcarr's header off the line.

Wes Fogden, making his first appearance of the season, fired over from Jed Wallace's pinpoint cross as Northampton held on to move to within three points of the play-offs.

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Chris Wilder on Northampton v Portsmouth

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

"I thought Ricky was outstanding. His calves went tight with 10 minutes to go and he came off to a great reception. The whole team have put it in a great effort.

"We played a good side and they've pushed us all the way and will probably feel a bit hard done by.

"Every game becomes important when you get to March. We want to keep this run going."

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2Moloney
  • 36CresswellBooked at 61mins
  • 6Collins
  • 3HorwoodBooked at 76mins
  • 11HackettSubstituted forCarterat 67'minutes
  • 21TaylorBooked at 90mins
  • 25ByromBooked at 39mins
  • 26HolmesSubstituted forNeweyat 83'minutes
  • 19D'AthSubstituted forRichardsat 55'minutes
  • 24Toney

Substitutes

  • 4Carter
  • 7Bodin
  • 9Richards
  • 16Diamond
  • 33Newey
  • 34Clifton
  • 42Jalal

Portsmouth

  • 1Jones
  • 5Devera
  • 6ChorleyBooked at 90mins
  • 16Robinson
  • 18PassleySubstituted forWestcarrat 59'minutes
  • 25AtanganaSubstituted forBarchamat 59'minutes
  • 29Hollands
  • 34ButlerSubstituted forFogdenat 78'minutes
  • 8Wallace
  • 9Taylor
  • 14Tubbs

Substitutes

  • 2Webster
  • 7Barcham
  • 13Ertl
  • 19Fogden
  • 20Westcarr
  • 22Poke
  • 36Chaplin
Referee:
Phil Gibbs
Attendance:
4,871

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Portsmouth 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Portsmouth 0.

Booking

Jason Taylor (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jason Taylor (Northampton Town).

Matt Tubbs (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Ben Chorley (Portsmouth).

Foul by Ben Chorley (Portsmouth).

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Ryan Cresswell.

Attempt blocked. Matt Tubbs (Portsmouth) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Tom Newey replaces Ricky Holmes.

Attempt saved. Matt Tubbs (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Wes Fogden (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Wes Fogden replaces Dan Butler.

Booking

Evan Horwood (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

Attempt saved. Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivan Toney (Northampton Town).

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Paul Robinson (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Paul Robinson (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Evan Horwood.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Darren Carter replaces Chris Hackett.

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

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth).

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

Foul by Matt Tubbs (Portsmouth).

Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

Dan Butler (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

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

Foul by Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town).

Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Andy Barcham replaces Nigel Atangana.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Craig Westcarr replaces Josh Passley.

Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Tubbs (Portsmouth).

Evan Horwood (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury34197849252464
2Burton34197846301664
3Wycombe341712549301963
4Luton341610841281358
5Bury341771046351158
6Southend34161083830858
7Newport34158114039153
8Plymouth341571240261452
9Stevenage34157124943652
10Northampton341551454431150
11Wimbledon341210124343046
12Morecambe34129133535045
13Portsmouth341111123938144
14Exeter341111124348-544
15Accrington34134174255-1343
16Cambridge34118154847141
17Mansfield34118152942-1341
18Dag & Red34117163946-740
19Oxford Utd34912133741-439
20York34715123440-636
21Carlisle34113204158-1736
22Tranmere34810163545-1034
23Cheltenham34810163049-1934
24Hartlepool3476212556-3127
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