League Two
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Burton Albion 3-1 Northampton Town

Burton maintained their place at the top of League Two with a comfortable win against Northampton Town.

Zander Diamond turned Stuart Beavon's cross into his own goal to put the home side ahead, before Phil Edwards stroked home from Nasser El Khayati's corner.

Lucas Akins added a third from the penalty spot shortly before half-time after he was tripped by Evan Horwood.

Lawson D'Ath's volley reduced the deficit, but Burton held on under heavy second-half pressure to secure the win.

Promoted Burton remain two points clear at the top of League Two and will seal the title if they beat Cambridge in their final fixture.

Defeat for Northampton ended their slim hopes of a play-off spot, as they remain 10th in table.

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Hasselbaink on Burton v Northampton

Burton manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink told BBC Radio Derby:

"The first half was very good. We started really quick. Out of the blocks we looked sharp.

"We know they are a good team and then when you go in at 3-0, it's always difficult to come out and do the same, to replicate it. We couldn't because the mind says you want to do other things.

"They (Northampton) had nothing to lose. They changed. They made two positive substitutions and went more direct and put us on the back foot."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2Edwards
  • 4Mousinho
  • 3Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 14McCrory
  • 8WeirSubstituted forPalmerat 87'minutes
  • 15Naylor
  • 10Akins
  • 11StewartSubstituted forMcGurkat 68'minutes
  • 21El KhayatiSubstituted forJohnstoneat 89'minutes
  • 9Beavon

Substitutes

  • 5Taft
  • 20McGurk
  • 23Palmer
  • 27Harness
  • 31Maynard
  • 33Shearer
  • 36Johnstone

Northampton

  • 42Jalal
  • 2MoloneySubstituted forHackettat 90+5'minutes
  • 16Diamond
  • 6CollinsSubstituted forCresswellat 45'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 3Horwood
  • 26Holmes
  • 21TaylorBooked at 78mins
  • 25Byrom
  • 19D'Ath
  • 22De GirolamoSubstituted forRichardsat 45'minutes
  • 24Toney

Substitutes

  • 1Duke
  • 4Carter
  • 9Richards
  • 11Hackett
  • 12Tozer
  • 14Gray
  • 36Cresswell
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
5,720

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Burton Albion 3, Northampton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burton Albion 3, Northampton Town 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Chris Hackett replaces Brendon Moloney because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam McGurk (Burton Albion).

Attempt blocked. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion).

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

Foul by Adam McGurk (Burton Albion).

Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Denny Johnstone replaces Abdenasser El Khayati.

Booking

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

Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Matthew Palmer replaces Robbie Weir because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Evan Horwood.

Booking

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

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Taylor (Northampton Town).

Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason Taylor (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Tom Naylor (Burton Albion).

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

Foul by Lucas Akins (Burton Albion).

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

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ivan Toney (Northampton Town).

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivan Toney (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Adam McGurk replaces Kevin Stewart.

Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Zander Diamond (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton452710866372991
2Shrewsbury452781067293889
3Southend452412953351884
4Bury452571359401982
5Wycombe452215864432181
6Stevenage4520121362521072
7Plymouth4519111553371668
8Luton451811165244865
9Newport451811165153-265
10Northampton45187206559661
11Exeter451613165964-561
12Morecambe451612175051-160
13Dag & Red45178205757059
14Oxford Utd451416154949058
15Wimbledon451415165359-657
16Portsmouth451414175153-256
17Accrington451411205676-2053
18Cambridge451312205963-451
19York451118164550-551
20Carlisle45147245371-1849
21Mansfield45139233760-2348
22Hartlepool45128253667-3144
23Cheltenham45913233966-2740
24Tranmere45912244566-2139
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