Northampton secured their League Two status with a first win in 19 games at the expense of nine-man Stevenage.

Liam Davis fired the hosts into an early lead from close range after Michael Jacobs' corner was not dealt with properly.

Boro were reduced to 10-men when Luke Foster was given a straight red for a foul on Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi.

Michael Uwuzi doubled the hosts' lead on the rebound before John Mousinho was also given a straight red for Boro.

POST-MATCH REACTION

Northampton boss Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Northampton:

"It was a fantastic atmosphere here today. Everybody realised the importance of the game of course.

"The nil against is fantastic. We were professional.

"We knew it was going to be a passionate affair. We had to make sure we didn't make the lunging tackle we let them do that but we were competitive."

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"In the week they have talked a lot. You wish it was different, but they have talked a lot to create the environment that has made those decisions happen.

"Let me look at the video. I may have to ask the referee to do some work during the week. I am sure the appeal system will pay dividends if what I saw is what the video shows.

"It was poor from us. We can talk about decisions but it is not a decision that costs you a goal at a set-play. We know we have made a mistake.

"Young players when they go into pressure situations don't necessarily always react in the right way. Some of these young lads have not performed to their normal standard."

Match Stats

Shots

8 10

On target

4 4

Corners

5 12

Fouls

10 18

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:04 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +2:26

Craig Reid takes a shot. Save made by Chris Dunn.

90:00 +1:38

Unfair challenge on Liam Davis by Byron Harrison results in a free kick. Chris Dunn takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +0:37

Corner taken by Scott Laird.

90:00 +0:23

Michael Bostwick takes a shot. Save made by Chris Dunn.

89:33

Liam Davis has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

88:10 Substitution

Substitution (Stevenage) makes a substitution, with Robert Sinclair coming on for Mark Roberts.

86:57

Corner from the right by-line taken by Scott Laird, clearance made by John Johnson. Corner taken by Scott Laird from the left by-line, save by Chris Dunn.

86:49

Scott Laird takes a shot. Blocked by Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi.

85:16

Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi produces a cross, save made by Chris Day.

83:54 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee sends off John Mousinho for serious foul play.

83:39

John Mousinho concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Jacobs. Direct free kick taken by Michael Jacobs.

81:17

Unfair challenge on Craig Reid by Liam Davis results in a free kick. Scott Laird takes the direct free kick.

79:56

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by John Mousinho played to the near post, clearance made by Shaun Harrad.

79:10

Unfair challenge on Josh Walker by Craig Reid results in a free kick. Chris Dunn takes the direct free kick.

77:45

Jon Ashton concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Holt. Direct free kick taken by Michael Jacobs.

77:08

Scott Laird takes a shot. Save by Chris Dunn.

75:47 Booking

Booking Mark Roberts receives a yellow card.

75:40

The offside flag is raised against Mark Roberts. Free kick taken by Chris Dunn.

74:32

Clearance made by Michael Jacobs.

74:32 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Holt joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michael Uwezu.

74:32

Corner taken right-footed by John Mousinho,

74:27

Darius Charles delivers the ball, clearance made by Dean Beckwith.

73:28

Ben Tozer is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Chris Day.

72:51

Michael Uwezu fouled by Mark Roberts, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Thornton takes the free kick.

72:03

The ball is swung over by John Mousinho, Headed effort from inside the area by Darius Charles misses to the right of the goal.

68:54

The ball is swung over by Michael Jacobs, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Shaun Harrad misses to the right of the goal.

68:24

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Michael Jacobs, clearance made by Jon Ashton.

68:04

Michael Uwezu fouled by Ronnie Henry, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Josh Walker.

67:15

Corner taken by John Mousinho from the right by-line, Ben Tozer manages to make a clearance.

66:37

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by John Mousinho from the left by-line, Darius Charles takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Jacobs.

64:58 Substitution

Substitution Craig Reid comes on in place of Chris Beardsley.

64:21

Michael Jacobs gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ronnie Henry. Free kick taken by Jon Ashton.

63:11

Corner taken by John Mousinho, Header from close in by Mark Roberts misses to the right of the target.

63:04

Darius Charles produces a cross.

61:28

Jon Ashton produces a cross.

60:22

Byron Harrison is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Chris Dunn.

58:21

Assist by Kevin Thornton.

58:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Uwezu - Northamp'n 2 - 0 Stevenage A goal is scored by Michael Uwezu from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Northampton 2-0 Stevenage.

56:42

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin Thornton, clearance made by John Mousinho.

55:45

Corner taken by Michael Jacobs, clearance by Chris Day.

55:32

Shaun Harrad takes a shot. Save by Chris Day.

55:06

Michael Bostwick challenges Ben Tozer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Beckwith restarts play with the free kick.

54:23

The referee blows for offside against Byron Harrison. Direct free kick taken by Chris Dunn.

53:36

The ball is swung over by Shaun Harrad, clearance made by Mark Roberts.

52:21

Scott Laird gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Thornton. Free kick taken by Chris Dunn.

51:29

A cross is delivered by Ben Tozer, Scott Laird manages to make a clearance.

51:05

Michael Jacobs takes a shot. Blocked by Ronnie Henry.

50:51

Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi produces a cross.

49:31

Shot from deep inside the area by Byron Harrison clears the crossbar.

48:49

The referee blows for offside against John Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Chris Day.

48:08

Kevin Thornton takes the inswinging corner, Mark Roberts manages to make a clearance.

47:18

Ronnie Henry challenges Michael Jacobs unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Jacobs takes the direct free kick.

46:24

Liam Davis fouled by Chris Beardsley, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Dunn.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +4:32 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:57

Unfair challenge on Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi by Byron Harrison results in a free kick. Kevin Thornton takes the direct free kick.

45:00 +0:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Bostwick on Michael Uwezu. Chris Dunn takes the direct free kick.

44:17 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Ben Tozer for unsporting behaviour.

44:07

John Mousinho fouled by Ben Tozer, the ref awards a free kick. Ronnie Henry restarts play with the free kick.

42:27

Scott Laird delivers the ball, John Johnson makes a clearance.

41:48

Kevin Thornton concedes a free kick for a foul on Byron Harrison. Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.

37:11 Dismissal

Dismissal Red card for Luke Foster.

36:51

Luke Foster concedes a free kick for a foul on Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Thornton.

35:55

Centre by Scott Laird.

34:38

Kevin Thornton concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Laird. Darius Charles restarts play with the free kick.

32:05

Unfair challenge on Kevin Thornton by Luke Foster results in a free kick. Chris Dunn takes the free kick.

31:56

The ball is delivered by Ronnie Henry, clearance by Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi.

31:20

Chris Beardsley fouled by Liam Davis, the ref awards a free kick. Jon Ashton takes the free kick.

29:50

Kevin Thornton concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Laird. Free kick taken by John Mousinho.

29:12

The official flags Shaun Harrad offside. Jon Ashton takes the free kick.

28:35

Byron Harrison challenges Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Dunn.

26:29

John Mousinho takes the free kick.

26:29 Booking

Booking John Johnson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

26:24

Unfair challenge on Chris Beardsley by John Johnson results in a free kick.

25:25

Foul by Mark Roberts on Michael Uwezu, free kick awarded. Kevin Thornton takes the free kick.

23:34

Unfair challenge on Michael Jacobs by Darius Charles results in a free kick. Josh Walker takes the direct free kick.

22:35

Outswinging corner taken by John Mousinho from the right by-line played to the near post, Ben Tozer makes a clearance.

22:22

Chris Beardsley takes a shot.

20:52

Corner taken by John Mousinho from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Ben Tozer.

19:57

Scott Laird delivers the ball, Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi manages to make a clearance.

14:03

Dean Beckwith concedes a free kick for a foul on Byron Harrison. Scott Laird takes the free kick.

12:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Beardsley on Liam Davis. Chris Dunn takes the free kick.

8:57

Effort from a long way out by Michael Jacobs goes wide right of the target.

7:54

Michael Jacobs concedes a free kick for a foul on John Mousinho. Scott Laird takes the direct free kick.

6:20

Outswinging corner taken by John Mousinho from the right by-line, clearance by Ben Tozer.

6:09

The ball is delivered by Luke Foster, Liam Davis manages to make a clearance.

3:54

Corner taken by John Mousinho from the left by-line, Headed effort from inside the box by Michael Bostwick misses to the right of the target.

3:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Davis - Northamp'n 1 - 0 Stevenage Liam Davis scores a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Northampton 1-0 Stevenage.

2:43

Inswinging corner taken by Kevin Thornton.

1:42

Josh Walker produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

1:24

Centre by John Mousinho.

0:32

The ball is swung over by Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi, save by Chris Day.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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