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Northampton Town 2-1 Port Vale

Matt Taylor hit a superb late winner as Northampton beat struggling Port Vale to edge themselves further away from the League One relegation zone.

Taylor's 88th-minute decider came after Vale's JJ Hooper had cancelled out Aaron Phillips' opener for the hosts, with all three goals coming in the final half-hour.

It was Northampton's third win on the trot and lifted them 11 points clear of fourth-bottom Vale, who themselves are now five points adrift of safety after relegation rivals Oldham defeated Oxford.

Cobblers started brightly, with Michael Smith and Keshi Anderson firing over, while Luke Williams was also off target with another effort.

Leonardo Fasan pulled off a smart save to deny Anderson from the edge of the box as Northampton made all the running, with John-Joe O'Toole also failing to hit the target for the hosts.

Fasan denied Marc Richards in another Northampton attack before Vale created their first opening just before the break when Anton Forrester was denied by Adam Smith.

After the restart, Sam Foley fired wide for Vale before the home side created further chances, Richards failing to hit the target from a tight angle in the six-yard box and Taylor having a shot blocked.

It was going to take something special to break the deadlock and it came in the 63rd minute when an intended cross from full-back Phillips beat Fasan and found the top corner of the net.

Boosted by the breakthrough, Cobblers went in search of the crucial second goal. Smith went close with a header, while Richards blazed over from close range before then firing wide from the edge of the box.

But it was Vale who struck next, getting back on level terms in the 73rd minute when Northampton failed to deal with a corner and Hooper beat Smith from 15 yards.

Vale began to get on top in the closing stages but Northampton could have reclaimed their lead only for substitute Hiram Boateng to head wide from close range.

The home fans need not have worried, though, as two minutes from the end Taylor caught out Fasan from 30 yards to net home the match-winning strike.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 18Phillips
  • 5Diamond
  • 22Nyatanga
  • 3Buchanan
  • 7AndersonSubstituted forBoatengat 77'minutes
  • 21O'Toole
  • 31Taylor
  • 35WilliamsSubstituted forAndersonat 83'minutes
  • 24Smith
  • 9Richards

Substitutes

  • 2Moloney
  • 4Anderson
  • 8Boateng
  • 12McCourt
  • 16Beautyman
  • 26Cornell
  • 28McDonald

Port Vale

  • 38Fasan
  • 2Purkiss
  • 5KnopsSubstituted forStreeteat 81'minutes
  • 24Smith
  • 19TanserSubstituted forGeraldo Rosaat 45'minutes
  • 44Eagles
  • 46ShodipoSubstituted forKellyat 70'minutes
  • 15Forrester
  • 11Foley
  • 25Guy
  • 10Hooper

Substitutes

  • 1Mehmet
  • 4Streete
  • 7Kelly
  • 8Tavares
  • 18Turner
  • 20Geraldo Rosa
  • 31Reeves
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
4,812

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home15
Away3
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 2, Port Vale 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 2, Port Vale 1.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ben Purkiss.

Foul by Hiram Boateng (Northampton Town).

Chris Eagles (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 2, Port Vale 1. Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

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

Foul by JJ Hooper (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Hiram Boateng (Northampton Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

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

Foul by Anton Forrester (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Paul Anderson replaces Luke Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Remie Streete replaces Kjell Knops.

Foul by Michael Smith (Northampton Town).

Kiko (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Hiram Boateng replaces Keshi Anderson.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Lewin Nyatanga.

Foul by Keshi Anderson (Northampton Town).

Chris Eagles (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 1, Port Vale 1. JJ Hooper (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Kelly.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by John-Joe O'Toole.

Foul by Keshi Anderson (Northampton Town).

Callum Guy (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Sam Kelly replaces Olamide Shodipo.

Attempt missed. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ben Purkiss.

Attempt blocked. Michael Smith (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ben Purkiss.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 1, Port Vale 0. Aaron Phillips (Northampton Town) right footed shot from long range on the right to the top left corner. Assisted by John-Joe O'Toole.

Attempt blocked. Matthew Taylor (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Sam Foley (Port Vale).

Hand ball by Keshi Anderson (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Sam Foley (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Keshi Anderson (Northampton Town).

Olamide Shodipo (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Smith (Northampton Town).

Sam Foley (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd37229671422975
2Fleetwood371910855361967
3Bolton36199854312366
4Scunthorpe3818101065442164
5Bradford381518550351563
6Millwall35161095041958
7Southend3715121055451057
8Bristol Rovers381412125657-154
9Walsall381314114546-153
10Oxford Utd36157144741652
11Peterborough38149155353051
12Wimbledon371214114946350
13Rochdale35148135150150
14Northampton38147175661-549
15Charlton381017114844447
16Gillingham381112155063-1345
17MK Dons371111154749-244
18Bury38128185764-744
19Shrewsbury371110164051-1143
20Oldham381013152537-1243
21Port Vale35911153956-1738
22Swindon3899203957-1836
23Chesterfield3889213661-2533
24Coventry37511213058-2826
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