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Exeter City 0-2 Northampton Town

John-Joe O'Toole
John-Joe O'Toole's goal was his first for Northampton since joining them last summer

First-half goals from Marc Richards and John-Joe O'Toole secured a first win in seven games for League Two strugglers Northampton at Exeter's expense.

City had early chances through Tom Nichols and Aaron Davies before Richards bundled in Brendan Moloney's cross for the opener.

Richards should have added a second when he fired wide, but O'Toole charged through and scored shortly after.

Alex Nicholls missed a late chance for Exeter, who have lost three in a row.

Northampton's win saw them move five points clear of the bottom two, while the Grecians are two points adrift of the play-offs.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

"I'm delighted that we got a clean sheet. I thought we had man-of-the-match performances all over the pitch.

"I still think there is more to come from John-Joe O'Toole. He links the play up, but he knows he has to work hard.

"I look at the league table every half an hour - and maybe I shouldn't because it does my nut in. But we've now got a committed group of players who want to do well for the football club."

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 21Hamon
  • 6Ribeiro
  • 8Oakley
  • 2ButterfieldSubstituted forNichollsat 60'minutes
  • 3Woodman
  • 19NobleBooked at 31mins
  • 7SercombeBooked at 80mins
  • 11Davies
  • 20NicholsSubstituted forWheelerat 67'minutes
  • 34MorrisonSubstituted forCumminsat 67'minutes
  • 33Harley

Substitutes

  • 4Bennett
  • 10Keohane
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 22Wheeler
  • 23Nicholls
  • 30Pym
  • 31Cummins

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2Moloney
  • 36CresswellBooked at 44mins
  • 6Collins
  • 3Horwood
  • 19D'Ath
  • 25Byrom
  • 21Taylor
  • 26Holmes
  • 9RichardsSubstituted forHackettat 88'minutes
  • 10O'TooleBooked at 69minsSubstituted forSinclairat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Carter
  • 7Sinclair
  • 11Hackett
  • 12Tozer
  • 13Snedker
  • 15Hornby
  • 28Warburton
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
3,519

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home8
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Exeter City 0, Northampton Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Exeter City 0, Northampton Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Liam Sercombe (Exeter City).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Harley (Exeter City).

  6. Post update

    Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Chris Hackett replaces Marc Richards.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

  9. Booking

    Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Liam Sercombe (Exeter City).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Emile Sinclair replaces John-Joe O'Toole.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Christian Ribeiro.

  14. Booking

    John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces Tom Nichols.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Graham Cummins replaces Clinton Morrison.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Tom Nichols (Exeter City).

  20. Post update

    Lee Collins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.