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Portsmouth 1-2 Northampton Town

James Collins
James Collins has scored 15 goals in 48 appearances for Northampton Town this season

League Two champions Northampton Town won their final game of the season against play-off contenders Portsmouth.

The Cobblers took the lead when Nicky Adams crossed in for Jack Whatmough to put the ball into his own net.

The hosts had Kieron Freeman sent off for a challenge on John Joe O'Toole but restored parity a minute later when Kal Naismith fired from 25 yards.

James Collins sealed victory for the visitors when he tucked home David Buchanan's cross from close range.

Because the result meant they finished sixth, Portsmouth will now play Plymouth in the play-offs.

Paul Cook's side will play at Fratton Park on 12 May in the first leg before the reverse fixture at Plymouth's Home Park on 15 May.

Northampton's victory means they have gone 24 games unbeaten in League Two, as they finish the season 13 points clear at the top of the League Two table.

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Richardson on Portsmouth v Northampton

Portsmouth assistant manager Leam Richardson told BBC Radio Solent: "It is a 2-1 defeat, it is not in good taste.

"Obviously going down to 10 men so early in the second half doesn't help. With 11 men on the pitch we would have expected a different result.

"There were two good teams on the pitch, we are playing against the champions so you have got to give them every credit."

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 24Murphy
  • 2DaviesBooked at 38mins
  • 16WhatmoughSubstituted forWilkinsonat 69'minutes
  • 15Barton
  • 38HaunstrupSubstituted forTollittat 77'minutes
  • 33CloseSubstituted forMayat 60'minutes
  • 17FreemanBooked at 47mins
  • 26EvansBooked at 75mins
  • 11Roberts
  • 14Naismith
  • 7McGurkBooked at 69mins

Substitutes

  • 1Jones
  • 3Stevens
  • 8Doyle
  • 18Tollitt
  • 25Wilkinson
  • 30May
  • 32Oxlade-Chamberlain

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 12Lelan
  • 5Diamond
  • 22Prosser
  • 16Buchanan
  • 21O'Toole
  • 23Rose
  • 7D'AthBooked at 45minsSubstituted forHoskinsat 80'minutes
  • 10AdamsSubstituted forPotterat 62'minutes
  • 11Holmes
  • 27MarquisSubstituted forCollinsat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Taylor
  • 6Cresswell
  • 8Byrom
  • 14Hoskins
  • 15Potter
  • 19Collins
  • 26Clarke
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
18,746

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 1, Northampton Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Northampton Town 2.

Alfie Potter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gareth Evans (Portsmouth).

Josh Lelan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ben Tollitt (Portsmouth).

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

Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Portsmouth).

Attempt saved. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 1, Northampton Town 2. James Collins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Buchanan.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Sam Hoskins replaces Lawson D'Ath.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ben Tollitt replaces Brandon Haunstrup.

Booking

Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alfie Potter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gareth Evans (Portsmouth).

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

Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Portsmouth).

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

Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Portsmouth).

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

Attempt saved. Conor Wilkinson (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Wilkinson replaces Jack Whatmough.

Booking

Adam McGurk (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Adam McGurk (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. James Collins replaces John Marquis.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Jack Whatmough.

Attempt saved. John Marquis (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Alfie Potter (Northampton Town).

Ben Davies (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town).

Ben Davies (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Alfie Potter replaces Nicky Adams.

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

Foul by Adam McGurk (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Adam May replaces Ben Close because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ben Close (Portsmouth) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton462912582463699
2Oxford Utd462414884414386
3Bristol Rovers462671377463185
4Accrington462413974482685
5Plymouth462491372462681
6Portsmouth4621151075443178
7Wimbledon4621121364501475
8Leyton Orient461912156061-169
9Cambridge4618141466551168
10Carlisle461716136762567
11Luton46199186361266
12Mansfield461713166153864
13Wycombe461713164544164
14Exeter461713166365-264
15Barnet461711186768-162
16Hartlepool46156254972-2351
17Notts County46149235483-2951
18Stevenage461115205267-1548
19Yeovil461115204359-1648
20Crawley46138254578-3347
21Morecambe461210246991-2246
22Newport461013234364-2143
23Dag & Red46810284681-3534
24York46713265187-3634
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