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Northampton Town 2-0 Cheltenham Town

Northampton Town celebrate
Northampton ended a four-game run without victory against Cheltenham

Northampton kept their slim hopes of a League Two play-off place alive with victory over a Cheltenham side who remain in the relegation zone.

After a drab first half, Robins boss Gary Johnson, returning to his old club, saw his midfielder Joe Hanks smash against the bar from 20 yards.

Soon after, Cobblers forward Ivan Toney finished Lawson D'Ath's left-wing cross to score his 10th of the season.

And Marc Richards' right-foot strike sealed victory for the hosts.

Chris Wilder's side are now four points off the final play-off place, while Cheltenham stay 23rd, after the sides either side of them, Hartlepool and Tranmere, both lost.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder tells BBC Radio Northampton:

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Wilder on Northampton v Cheltenham

"I was a touch disappointed, Cheltenham had a couple of chances and we've talked about the need to be ruthless in both boxes.

"I thought our front four were excellent and Marc Richards scored a fantastic goal when he came on.

"It was a great result, a really good performance, and it's just a bit bitter sweet because we'd loved to have had Marc back a bit sooner."

Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"If you don't play with any sort of quality then you're going to get beat.

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Johnson on Northampton v Cheltenham

"You make substitutions in the hope of changing things but not a lot changed.

"I'm not going to get excited about five minutes of play, we didn't have enough play. We didn't play enough to warrant anything today and I feel sorry for our supporters.

"Everybody's individual performance today was below standard, and we've got to pick that up again. It's going to take work on the training ground and I hope I've got enough time."

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 42Jalal
  • 2Moloney
  • 16DiamondBooked at 45mins
  • 6Collins
  • 3HorwoodSubstituted forCarterat 86'minutes
  • 26Holmes
  • 10O'Toole
  • 25ByromBooked at 37mins
  • 19D'Ath
  • 22De GirolamoSubstituted forRichardsat 67'minutes
  • 24ToneySubstituted forGrayat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Duke
  • 4Carter
  • 9Richards
  • 11Hackett
  • 12Tozer
  • 14Gray
  • 17Perry

Cheltenham

  • 1Carson
  • 25BerryBooked at 18mins
  • 4TaylorSubstituted forDeamanat 44'minutes
  • 5Brown
  • 3Braham-Barrett
  • 7FerdinandSubstituted forHanksat 30'minutes
  • 8Richards
  • 24Sparrow
  • 17KotwicaSubstituted forWilliamsat 85'minutes
  • 29Harrad
  • 39Manset

Substitutes

  • 6Mills
  • 12Gould
  • 15Deaman
  • 16Hanks
  • 19Sterling-James
  • 21Williams
  • 28McDonald
Referee:
Darren Sheldrake
Attendance:
4,579

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 2, Cheltenham Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 2, Cheltenham Town 0.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Lee Collins.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Zander Diamond.

Attempt blocked. Mathieu Manset (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Durrell Berry (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mathieu Manset (Cheltenham Town).

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Zander Diamond.

Attempt saved. Mathieu Manset (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Matt Richards (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Darren Carter replaces Evan Horwood.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Harry Williams replaces Zack Kotwica.

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

Matt Richards (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Lee Collins.

Attempt missed. Joel Byrom (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Durrell Berry (Cheltenham Town).

Foul by Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town).

Zack Kotwica (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Marc Richards (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Deaman (Cheltenham Town).

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

Foul by Shaun Harrad (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. James Gray replaces Ivan Toney.

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town).

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 2, Cheltenham Town 0. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ricky Holmes with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Joe Hanks.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Marc Richards replaces Diego De Girolamo.

Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shaun Harrad (Cheltenham Town).

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 1, Cheltenham Town 0. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lawson D'Ath with a cross.

Attempt missed. Mathieu Manset (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton442610863362788
2Shrewsbury442681066293786
3Wycombe442215764422281
4Bury432471257391879
5Southend432212951351678
6Stevenage441912136152969
7Plymouth4418111550351565
8Luton441811155243965
9Newport441711164953-462
10Northampton44187196456861
11Exeter441613155862-461
12Morecambe441512174951-257
13Wimbledon441415155357-457
14Dag & Red44168205357-456
15Oxford Utd441316154749-255
16Portsmouth441314174952-353
17Accrington441411195672-1653
18Cambridge441312195961-251
19York441118154548-351
20Carlisle44147235370-1749
21Mansfield44139223658-2248
22Hartlepool44118253466-3241
23Cheltenham44913223965-2640
24Tranmere44912234363-2039
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