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Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Northampton Town

Lewis Alessandra scored his fourth goal in seven games as Plymouth beat Northampton to move into seventh place.

James Gray narrowly missed putting the visitors in front when he was unable to tap Darren Carter's cross home.

Anthony O'Connor then scored for Plymouth a minute later with a powerful 18-yard strike.

Northampton pushed hard after the break but Alessandra's cool strike, as he rounded keeper Matt Duke, ensured Plymouth's victory.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

"If we'd have won here today it would have capped an unbelievable week. We need to dust ourselves down.

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Wilder on Northampton v Plymouth

"The spirit in our team is outstanding and the players are hurting at the moment.

"Plymouth have had to scrap to get over the line today, just like we have in recent games. It shows how tight the league is."

Line-ups

Plymouth

  • 23McCormick
  • 5Nelson
  • 16McHughSubstituted forBlizzardat 79'minutes
  • 29HartleyBooked at 57mins
  • 2Mellor
  • 17Reid
  • 19O'ConnorBooked at 29mins
  • 27Talbot
  • 13Holmes-DennisBooked at 59mins
  • 7AlessandraSubstituted forBantonat 88'minutes
  • 9ReidSubstituted forBruntat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bittner
  • 3Purrington
  • 4Cox
  • 8Banton
  • 11Blizzard
  • 14Harvey
  • 28Brunt

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2Moloney
  • 36Cresswell
  • 6Collins
  • 3Horwood
  • 19D'AthSubstituted forBodinat 61'minutes
  • 4Carter
  • 21TaylorBooked at 84mins
  • 26Holmes
  • 24Toney
  • 14GraySubstituted forO'Tooleat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Bodin
  • 10O'Toole
  • 16Diamond
  • 33Newey
  • 34Clifton
  • 42Jalal
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
6,501

Match Stats

Home TeamPlymouthAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 2, Northampton Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 2, Northampton Town 0.

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

(Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ivan Toney (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Jason Banton (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Billy Bodin (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Jason Banton replaces Lewis Alessandra.

Attempt missed. Ryan Brunt (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Ryan Brunt replaces Reuben Reid.

Goal!

Goal! Plymouth Argyle 2, Northampton Town 0. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Booking

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

Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jason Taylor (Northampton Town).

Bobby Reid (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Taylor (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Dominic Blizzard replaces Carl McHugh.

Bobby Reid (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Billy Bodin (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Carl McHugh.

Attempt blocked. Billy Bodin (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Evan Horwood (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Peter Hartley (Plymouth Argyle).

Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kelvin Mellor (Plymouth Argyle).

Darren Carter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Delay in match Kelvin Mellor (Plymouth Argyle) because of an injury.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Carl McHugh.

Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Anthony O'Connor (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ivan Toney (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Billy Bodin replaces Lawson D'Ath.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. John-Joe O'Toole replaces James Gray.

Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Drew Talbot.

Attempt blocked. Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton35207847301767
2Shrewsbury35198850262465
3Wycombe351713551321964
4Southend35161184032859
5Luton351610943311258
6Bury351771146361058
7Plymouth351671242261655
8Stevenage35167125144755
9Newport35158124141053
10Northampton35155155445950
11Wimbledon351310124544149
12Morecambe35139133837148
13Exeter351211124649-347
14Portsmouth351112124039145
15Accrington35135174356-1344
16Dag & Red35127164248-643
17Cambridge35119154948142
18Oxford Utd351012133841-342
19Mansfield35119153043-1342
20York35715133542-736
21Carlisle35113214261-1936
22Cheltenham35811163150-1935
23Tranmere35810173748-1134
24Hartlepool3576222557-3227
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