League Two
NorthamptonNorthampton Town0PortsmouthPortsmouth1
Danny East

Danny East's early goal was enough to earn victory for Portsmouth and ensure Northampton remain in the relegation zone with two games of the season left.

East struck after minutes, volleying over keeper Matt Duke from 10 yards.

Sonny Bradley wasted a good headed chance to make it 2-0 while Emile Sinclair and Darren Carter missed decent chances for the Cobblers.

The hosts dominated the second half but could not find a breakthrough and stay in the bottom two on goal difference.

Northampton are level with Bristol Rovers and Wycombe on 47 points, who also both lost.

Exeter are two points ahead after losing to bottom-of-the-table side Torquay United.

Portsmouth caretaker manager Andy Awford told BBC Radio Solent:

"The run we've had has been absolutely fantastic and the players deserve massive credit for what they've managed to achieve in the last five games.

"It just shows you how tight this league is. When we took over we were looking over our shoulders worried about the trap door, but thankfully that's gone away now and we can hopefully start to look upwards.

"I didn't pick the team to make it easy for anybody and I felt that the right thing to do today was freshen it up and luckily it worked today.

"I've got plans in my head in case I am manager here next season but there's no point going any further until I know what the situation is."

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2McSweeneySubstituted forMorrisat 45'minutes
  • 25HorwoodBooked at 72mins
  • 29RobertsonBooked at 87mins
  • 27Kouo-Doumbe
  • 12Tozer
  • 34RavenhillSubstituted forLangmeadat 81'minutes
  • 4Carter
  • 11Hackett
  • 7SinclairSubstituted forToneyat 45'minutesBooked at 56mins
  • 9Marquis

Substitutes

  • 5Langmead
  • 8Morris
  • 13Snedker
  • 17Deegan
  • 18Connell
  • 20Moyo
  • 24Toney

Portsmouth

  • 40CarsonBooked at 72mins
  • 17ShoreyBooked at 90mins
  • 15Alfei
  • 13Ertl
  • 5Devera
  • 6Bradley
  • 4EastSubstituted forHolmesat 78'minutes
  • 19Fogden
  • 23AgyemangSubstituted forDrennanat 65'minutes
  • 35Wallace
  • 32JervisSubstituted forHollandsat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 3N'Gala
  • 11Holmes
  • 22Webster
  • 28Drennan
  • 29Hollands
  • 33McCabe
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
6,829

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home13
Away5
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Portsmouth 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Portsmouth 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kelvin Langmead (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Daniel Alfei.

  6. Booking

    Nicky Shorey (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

  8. Post update

    Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Ben Tozer (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Michael Drennan (Portsmouth).

  12. Booking

    Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town).

  14. Post update

    Michael Drennan (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Nicky Shorey.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Kelvin Langmead replaces Richard Ravenhill.

  18. Post update

    Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

  19. Post update

    Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

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

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