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Shrewsbury Town 1-2 Northampton Town

Chris Hackett

Northampton Town survived a late rally to win as promotion chasers Shrewsbury Town suffered their first home League Two defeat of the season.

Town were soon behind when Chris Hackett's low, right-foot shot crept inside the post.

The Cobblers doubled their lead when Ricky Holmes curled a free-kick into the path of Joel Byrom, who rifled in.

Micky Demetriou headed in Bobby Grant's corner late on to ensure a tense finish, but the visitors held on.

Having previously won 13 and drawn three times in front of their own fans, Shrewsbury went into the game boasting the only unbeaten home record in the Football League.

But they remain second in the table, three points behind leaders Burton, who also lost at home, while Northampton climb to 10th, six points outside the play-off places.

Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"We have to give Northampton great credit for putting in that type of performance here. We can't afford to give ourselves too much to do. Our side will always fight back, but we ran out time to get level.

"We've put the lads on in the second half and made it really difficult for them. We've had chances near the end to get level and got ourselves in good positions.

"It is disappointing to lose our home record at any stage of the season. But we'll dust ourselves down ready for Tuesday. It's good we have a game to move straight onto, but there's no doubt that Accrington will be tough."

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Wilder on Northampton v Shrewsbury

"A deserved result. We've had to defend with our lives in the last ten minutes.

"I think we're a dangerous side to play against and we backed ourselves. We didn't come here just to make the numbers up.

"We have to now make sure that on Tuesday night (against Portsmouth) we don't lower our performance levels."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 2Grandison
  • 5Ellis
  • 6Goldson
  • 3Demetriou
  • 22ClarkSubstituted forGrantat 45'minutes
  • 4Woods
  • 10VernonSubstituted forAkpa-Akproat 45'minutes
  • 16SouthernSubstituted forWildigat 73'minutes
  • 9Collins
  • 23Barnett

Substitutes

  • 7Vincent
  • 12Gayle
  • 15Wildig
  • 21Halstead
  • 24Grant
  • 26Akpa-Akpro
  • 28Mandron

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2MoloneyBooked at 81mins
  • 36Cresswell
  • 6Collins
  • 3Horwood
  • 11HackettSubstituted forCarterat 69'minutes
  • 19D'AthSubstituted forDiamondat 90'minutes
  • 25Byrom
  • 21Taylor
  • 26Holmes
  • 24ToneyBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 4Carter
  • 7Bodin
  • 16Diamond
  • 28Warburton
  • 33Newey
  • 34Clifton
  • 42Jalal
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
5,310

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Northampton Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Northampton Town 2.

Foul by Mark Ellis (Shrewsbury Town).

Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tyrone Barnett (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Mark Ellis (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Zander Diamond replaces Lawson D'Ath.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Ryan Cresswell.

Booking

Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivan Toney (Northampton Town).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Jayson Leutwiler.

Goal!

Goal! Shrewsbury Town 1, Northampton Town 2. Mickey Demetriou (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bobby Grant with a cross.

Bobby Grant (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joel Byrom (Northampton Town).

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jason Taylor.

Booking

Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Jermaine Grandison (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Aaron Wildig replaces Keith Southern.

Attempt saved. Bobby Grant (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Darren Carter replaces Chris Hackett.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Lee Collins.

Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tyrone Barnett.

Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mickey Demetriou (Shrewsbury Town).

Attempt missed. Bobby Grant (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Jermaine Grandison (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jason Taylor (Northampton Town).

Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town).

Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. James Collins (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton34197846301664
2Shrewsbury33187847242361
3Wycombe331612547291860
4Luton331610741271458
5Southend3316983830857
6Bury331671045351055
7Newport33158104038253
8Plymouth331571140251552
9Stevenage33147124843549
10Northampton331451453431047
11Wimbledon33129124343045
12Portsmouth331111113937244
13Morecambe33128133434044
14Exeter341111124348-544
15Accrington33134164153-1243
16Cambridge33118144844441
17Oxford Utd33911133640-438
18Mansfield33108152842-1438
19Dag & Red33107163746-937
20Tranmere33810153443-934
21Cheltenham33810153048-1834
22York33615123140-933
23Carlisle33103204058-1833
24Hartlepool3376202554-2927
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