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Exeter City 0-1 Northampton Town

Ian Morris

Northampton dragged Exeter deep into relegation trouble as Ian Morris' goal moved the Cobblers to within three points of their fellow strugglers.

A tense opening half finished goalless with David Wheeler wasting a glorious chance for the Grecians.

But Morris secured the breakthrough for the in-form visitors as he got on the end of Chris Hackett's pass.

Exeter failed to get a shot on target after the break as their long-suffering fans saw yet another home loss.

Wheeler's almost inexplicable miss in the first half could come back to haunt Exeter, whose last home win came against Plymouth Argyle on 5 October, while Tom Nichols, Matt Oakley and Liam Sercombe also had efforts on goal.

Emile Sinclair missed his team's best chance before the break, but the Cobblers were much improved after the restart with Hackett breaking down the right before crossing for Morris to volley into the ground and over keeper Artur Krysiak.

The Grecians have now lost four of their last five games to plummet down the table, while Northampton are building up momentum as they picked up their 11th point from the last 15 available to them.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Post-match: Northampton boss Chris Wilder

"I've got a headache and lost my voice because of how hard Alan Knill and myself had to work the players in the first-half, and during half-time.

"We weren't at the races. It was perhaps the kind of performance that got us into this league position.

"But we kicked on and got a great reaction from the players and I can't deny it's not a big three points for us.

"Whatever happens with the teams above us, we have to show the kind of performance we did in the second half and if we do that, as I've always said, we'll be OK."

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Krysiak
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 3Woodman
  • 8Oakley
  • 6Coles
  • 4Bennett
  • 32WheelerSubstituted forReidat 74'minutes
  • 29Grimes
  • 25ParkinSubstituted forRichardsat 61'minutes
  • 20Nichols
  • 7Sercombe

Substitutes

  • 2Butterfield
  • 5Baldwin
  • 11Davies
  • 14Richards
  • 18Reid
  • 33Hamon
  • 35Gill

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2McSweeney
  • 29Robertson
  • 4Carter
  • 27Kouo-Doumbe
  • 23Diamond
  • 11Hackett
  • 17Deegan
  • 9MarquisSubstituted forConnellat 54'minutes
  • 7SinclairSubstituted forMoyoat 83'minutes
  • 35DickensonSubstituted forMorrisat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Morris
  • 12Tozer
  • 13Snedker
  • 18Connell
  • 20Moyo
  • 24Toney
  • 28Roberts
Referee:
Steve Bratt
Attendance:
2,785

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 0, Northampton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 0, Northampton Town 1.

Attempt missed. Eliot Richards (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Jamie Reid (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

(Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Moyo (Northampton Town).

Matt Grimes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Zander Diamond.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. David Moyo replaces Emile Sinclair.

Attempt missed. Matt Oakley (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Jamie Reid (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Tom Nichols (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town).

Eliot Richards (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Deegan (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jamie Reid replaces David Wheeler.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Leon McSweeney.

David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Matt Oakley (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Deegan (Northampton Town).

Foul by Eliot Richards (Exeter City).

Gary Deegan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Oakley (Exeter City).

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

Eliot Richards (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town).

Attempt blocked. Ian Morris (Northampton Town) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

Foul by Scott Bennett (Exeter City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Eliot Richards replaces Sam Parkin.

Attempt missed. Matt Oakley (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Ian Morris (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 0, Northampton Town 1. Ian Morris (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Chris Hackett.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Alan Connell replaces John Marquis.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chesterfield361712757342363
2Scunthorpe361517456371962
3Rochdale351871054381661
4Burton36161284035560
5Fleetwood361771251411058
6Oxford Utd361414848341456
7Southend361312114436851
8Plymouth35149124038251
9York361213114238449
10Hartlepool361210144040046
11Morecambe351210134249-746
12Dag & Red351112124344-145
13Newport341111124346-344
14Cheltenham351014114046-644
15Wimbledon361110153541-643
16Bristol Rovers351012133436-242
17Portsmouth36915123748-1142
18Mansfield361012143649-1342
19Bury34914114040041
20Wycombe351011143842-441
21Accrington351011143945-641
22Exeter361010164148-740
23Northampton35910162944-1537
24Torquay3589183353-2033
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