Match ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, Northampton Town 3.
Daniel Powell's second-half goal sealed three vital points as Northampton claimed victory on the road over fellow League One strugglers AFC Wimbledon.
This was the Cobblers' fourth win in six games and it allowed them to move three points clear of the relegation zone and above the Dons, who are now just one point above fourth-bottom Oldham.
Northampton were awarded an early penalty when John-Joe O'Toole was judged to have been brought down by Dons goalkeeper George Long, with Matt Grimes slamming his spot-kick into the top corner.
The home side drew level just two minutes into the second half when Lyle Taylor's corner found its way to Deji Oshilaja, who headed in at the far post from close range.
But Northampton restored their lead just after the hour mark when O'Toole flicked the ball back for Matt Crooks, who finished neatly into the bottom corner.
The Cobblers then gave themselves breathing space as excellent move up the pitch ended with O'Toole finding Powell, who passed a precise effort past Long.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 11ForresterSubstituted forKajaat 76'minutes
- 19SoaresSubstituted forAbdouat 75'minutes
- 33TaylorBooked at 10mins
- 37TurnbullBooked at 83mins
- 22CrooksBooked at 37minsSubstituted forFoleyat 84'minutes
- 11PowellSubstituted forPereiraat 89'minutes
- 14HoskinsBooked at 66mins
- 10van VeenSubstituted forLongat 78'minutesBooked at 90mins
- Carl Boyeson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, Northampton Town 3.
Hildeberto Pereira (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon).
Liam Trotter (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town).
Chris Long (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Adedeji Oshilaja.
Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Substitution, Northampton Town. Hildeberto Pereira replaces Daniel Powell.
Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Daniel Powell.
Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Brendon Moloney.
Attempt saved. Liam Trotter (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Jordan Turnbull.
Substitution, Northampton Town. Sam Foley replaces Matt Crooks.
Jordan Turnbull (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Lyle Taylor (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Northampton Town).
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by George Long.