League Two
Northampton1Tranmere0

Northampton Town 1-0 Tranmere Rovers

Ryan Cresswell
Ryan Cresswell, centre, scores the only goal at Sixfields

Play-off chasing Northampton Town edged out struggling Tranmere Rovers thanks to Ryan Cresswell's second-half winner.

Lawson D'Ath hit the bar for the Cobblers before Cresswell headed wide from Darren Carter's corner.

But the centre-half made amends when he headed home Carter's free-kick.

Tranmere went close late-on when Janoi Donacien's header was superbly saved by Matt Duke and they remain in the bottom two as Northampton moved three points away from the play-offs.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2Moloney
  • 36Cresswell
  • 6Collins
  • 3Horwood
  • 26HolmesSubstituted forHackettat 70'minutes
  • 21Taylor
  • 4CarterBooked at 61mins
  • 19D'Ath
  • 10O'TooleSubstituted forToneyat 82'minutes
  • 14GraySubstituted forNeweyat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Bodin
  • 11Hackett
  • 16Diamond
  • 17Perry
  • 24Toney
  • 33Newey
  • 42Jalal

Tranmere

  • 1Williams
  • 12Donacien
  • 5IhiekweBooked at 61mins
  • 32ThompsonSubstituted forHugillat 71'minutes
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 31Myrie-WilliamsBooked at 61mins
  • 4Power
  • 22JenningsSubstituted forShukerat 78'minutes
  • 17TaylorSubstituted forDonnellyat 45'minutes
  • 11Gardner
  • 9Odejayi

Substitutes

  • 2Holmes
  • 10Hugill
  • 14Laird
  • 18Dugdale
  • 20Ramsbottom
  • 23Shuker
  • 29Donnelly
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
4,428

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Foul by Ivan Toney (Northampton Town).

Janoi Donacien (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Matt Duke.

Attempt saved. Kayode Odejayi (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Tom Newey.

Attempt missed. Rory Donnelly (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Brendon Moloney.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Tom Newey replaces James Gray.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ivan Toney replaces John-Joe O'Toole.

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

Chris Shuker (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Chris Shuker replaces Steven Jennings.

Attempt missed. James Gray (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) header from very close range misses to the right.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Liam Ridehalgh.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Evan Horwood.

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

Rory Donnelly (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jordan Hugill replaces Josh Thompson.

Foul by Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town).

Michael Ihiekwe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Chris Hackett replaces Ricky Holmes because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) because of an injury.

Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Steven Jennings (Tranmere Rovers).

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

Kayode Odejayi (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town).

Michael Ihiekwe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 1, Tranmere Rovers 0. Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Darren Carter with a cross.

Booking

Michael Ihiekwe (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jennison Myrie-Williams (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Darren Carter (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Ihiekwe (Tranmere Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton36217850302070
2Wycombe361813552322067
3Shrewsbury36198950272365
4Southend361711843331062
5Bury361871147361161
6Luton3616101043331058
7Plymouth361681242261656
8Stevenage36168125245756
9Newport36159124242054
10Northampton361651555451053
11Exeter361311124951-250
12Wimbledon361310134747049
13Portsmouth361212124239348
14Morecambe36139143838048
15Accrington36135184359-1644
16Cambridge361110155049143
17Oxford Utd361013133841-343
18Dag & Red36127174351-843
19Mansfield36119163044-1442
20York36716133542-737
21Carlisle36114214261-1937
22Cheltenham36812163251-1936
23Tranmere36810183749-1234
24Hartlepool3686222657-3130
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