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Accrington Stanley 0-1 Northampton Town

Northampton stayed in the League Two drop zone despite beating Accrington.

The Cobblers scored the only goal of the game after four minutes when Chris Hackett latched on to a long ball and finished from a tight angle.

Stanley's James Gray put an effort wide, before Emile Sinclair's shot at the other end was blocked by defender Tom Aldred.

Visiting keeper Matt Duke had to make a superb injury-time stop to deny Kayode Odejayi and secure the points.

Chris Wilder's side remain in the bottom two despite the win after positive results for fellow strugglers Wycombe and Portsmouth and a draw for Bristol Rovers.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

"There's been a lot of talking over the last few games. That had to stop and we've done our talking on the pitch today.

"We aren't playing with a huge amount of confidence but we had to find a way to win and today we've done that.

"If it has to go to the last game, we'll take it there. We've given ourselves a fighting chance."

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 26Bettinelli
  • 16Hunt
  • 23Buxton
  • 2Murphy
  • 5Aldred
  • 6Winnard
  • 10HatfieldSubstituted forMingoiaat 78'minutes
  • 4Joyce
  • 24Odejayi
  • 17GrayBooked at 18minsSubstituted forNaismithat 78'minutes
  • 13Molyneux

Substitutes

  • 3Liddle
  • 9Webber
  • 11Naismith
  • 15Mingoia
  • 20Windass
  • 25Atkinson
  • 44Bowerman

Northampton

  • 1DukeBooked at 90mins
  • 2McSweeneyBooked at 90mins
  • 25Horwood
  • 4CarterBooked at 21mins
  • 27Kouo-DoumbeBooked at 84mins
  • 23Diamond
  • 11HackettSubstituted forTozerat 79'minutes
  • 34Ravenhill
  • 7SinclairSubstituted forConnellat 70'minutes
  • 9Marquis
  • 8Morris

Substitutes

  • 12Tozer
  • 13Snedker
  • 17Deegan
  • 18Connell
  • 24Toney
  • 29Robertson
  • 35Dickenson
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
1,616

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Northampton Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Northampton Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  4. Booking

    Matt Duke (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Booking

    Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Evan Horwood.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Matt Duke.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicky Hunt (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Marquis (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

  16. Booking

    Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Ben Tozer replaces Chris Hackett.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Kal Naismith replaces James Gray.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rochdale412291064392575
2Scunthorpe411918462372575
3Chesterfield411914863372671
4Fleetwood412081359461368
5Burton41181494337668
6Southend4116141150371362
7York411515114638860
8Oxford Utd411514124943659
9Plymouth401510154445-155
10Dag & Red411315134849-154
11Bury411217124944553
12Mansfield411314144352-953
13Cheltenham411215144755-851
14Newport401214144852-450
15Hartlepool411310184647-149
16Accrington411213164750-349
17Wimbledon411213164248-649
18Morecambe411212174559-1448
19Portsmouth411115154156-1548
20Exeter411211184753-647
21Bristol Rovers411114163745-847
22Wycombe411113174148-746
23Northampton411013183454-2043
24Torquay4199233559-2436
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