Northampton fell to a fourth consecutive defeat after a poor performance against Hereford.

Nathan Elder fired the visitors in front after Harry Pell's shot was saved by Cobblers keeper Sam Walker.

Steven Leslie's deflected free-kick doubled the Bulls' advantage before Saido Berahino pulled one back for the hosts from close range.

Pell secured the victory with a diving header after he exchanged passes with Tom Barkhuizen.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Cobblers boss Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Northampton:

"They know they didn't perform individually or as a team today.

"I still felt there were a lot of opportunities that we could have tucked in - especially in the second half.

"But football is football - you have to keep going and work hard to turn it around."

Hereford manager Jamie Pitman told BBC Hereford and Worcester:

"Our pure energy and fitness are getting us wins at the moment. In two or three months that will be even higher.

"They had a spell in the second half when they put us under a lot of pressure but we generally soaked it up and coped well.

"We looked very good on the counter attack and our wide men allow us to do that.

"After their first goal it could have gone either way so obviously the important goal was our last goal."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Northampton

  • 01 Walker
  • 05 Tozer (Arthur - 46' )
  • 14 Johnson
  • 25 Westwood Booked
  • 28 Langmead
  • 04 Baldock
  • 11 Holt
  • 17 Jacobs
  • 22 McKoy (Turnbull - 46' )
  • 08 Robinson (Young - 73' )
  • 09 Berahino

Substitutes

  • 26 Hall
  • 15 Turnbull
  • 29 Arthur
  • 02 Young
  • 27 Savage

Hereford

  • 28 Cornell
  • 20 Dalibard
  • 24 Stam
  • 29 Todd (Green - 65' )
  • 04 Pell Booked
  • 06 Purdie
  • 07 Leslie
  • 08 Featherstone
  • 18 Clist
  • 21 Barkh'zen (Townsend - 88' )
  • 25 Elder (Arquin - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 38 Hoult
  • 02 Green
  • 05 Townsend
  • 14 McQuilkin
  • 09 Arquin
Ref: Miller
Att: 3,643

Match Stats

Shots

15 11

On target

10 6

Corners

10 0

Fouls

6 6

Live Text Commentary

94:25 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +2:20

Michael Jacobs takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Robert Purdie.

90:00 +2:14

A cross is delivered by Chris Arthur, Ryan Green makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:36

Lewis Young takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Benoit Dalibard.

90:00 +1:29

Chris Arthur crosses the ball, clearance made by Benoit Dalibard.

90:00 +0:32

Effort on goal by Saido Berahino from 12 yards. Blocked by Stefan Stam.

89:12

Michael Jacobs has a drilled shot. Save by David Cornell.

88:53

Yoann Arquin concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Holt. Paul Turnbull takes the direct free kick.

88:01

Yoann Arquin concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Holt. Free kick taken by Andy Holt.

87:10 Substitution

Substitution Michael Townsend comes on in place of Tom Barkhuizen.

86:40

The assistant referee signals for offside against Tom Barkhuizen. Andy Holt takes the indirect free kick.

85:45

Saido Berahino takes a shot. Blocked by Benoit Dalibard.

84:35

Chris Arthur crosses the ball, Stefan Stam manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael Jacobs from the right by-line, Paul Turnbull takes a shot. Ryan Green gets a block in.

84:03

Corner taken right-footed by George Baldock from the right by-line to the near post, Robert Purdie manages to make a clearance.

83:25

Effort from 12 yards by Chris Arthur. Nicky Featherstone gets a block in.

82:12

Yoann Arquin produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

79:33

Direct free kick taken by Stefan Stam.

79:33 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Ashley Westwood for unsporting behaviour.

79:06

Ashley Westwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yoann Arquin.

78:34

The ball is sent over by Paul Turnbull, Stefan Stam manages to make a clearance.

78:26

Lewis Young produces a cross.

75:04

Corner taken by Michael Jacobs, Ashley Westwood takes a shot. Save by David Cornell.

73:54

Michael Jacobs takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Stefan Stam makes a clearance.

73:12

Michael Jacobs fouled by Harry Pell, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Turnbull takes the free kick.

72:02 Substitution

Substitution (Northampton) makes a substitution, with Lewis Young coming on for Jake Robinson.

71:08 Booking

Booking Harry Pell is shown a yellow card.

70:55

The assist for the goal came from Tom Barkhuizen.

70:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Harry Pell - Northamp'n 1 - 3 Hereford Harry Pell finds the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Northampton 1-3 Hereford.

69:40

George Baldock delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Saido Berahino misses to the left of the goal.

69:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Holt by Yoann Arquin. Direct free kick taken by Sam Walker.

68:40

Steven Leslie has a drilled shot.

67:23

Foul by Andy Holt on Tom Barkhuizen, free kick awarded. Robert Purdie takes the free kick.

63:36 Substitution

Substitution (Hereford) makes a substitution, with Ryan Green coming on for Andy Todd.

63:36

Chris Arthur produces a cross, Close range effort by Saido Berahino goes over the bar.

62:26

Chris Arthur provided the assist for the goal.

62:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Saido Berahino - Northamp'n 1 - 2 Hereford Saido Berahino finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Northampton 1-2 Hereford.

62:19

Centre by Chris Arthur, David Cornell makes a save.

60:24 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Elder leaves the field to be replaced by Yoann Arquin.

57:24

Chris Arthur produces a cross, David Cornell makes a save.

55:06

The ball is delivered by Saido Berahino.

54:43

Harry Pell takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.

52:59

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Michael Jacobs, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Andy Holt misses to the right of the target.

52:47

Paul Turnbull has an effort at goal. Blocked by Nicky Featherstone.

49:49

Steven Leslie has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

46:35

The ball is swung over by Tom Barkhuizen, clearance made by Chris Arthur.

45:53

Chris Arthur sends in a cross.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Chris Arthur comes on in place of Ben Tozer.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Paul Turnbull is brought on as a substitute for Nick McKoy.

45:00 +2:18 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

37:39

Jake Robinson takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.

36:25

Steven Leslie takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Westwood.

32:30

The offside flag is raised against Simon Clist. Free kick taken by Sam Walker. Centre by Steven Leslie, Nathan Elder takes a shot.

28:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Elder by Nick McKoy. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Steven Leslie.

26:56

Corner taken right-footed by Michael Jacobs, Close range headed effort by Kelvin Langmead clears the crossbar.

26:47

The ball is sent over by John Johnson, clearance made by Robert Purdie.

26:18

George Baldock sends in a cross, Stefan Stam manages to make a clearance.

24:41

Saido Berahino has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Save by David Cornell.

19:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Steven Leslie - Northamp'n 0 - 2 Hereford Steven Leslie hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Northampton 0-2 Hereford.

17:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nick McKoy on Steven Leslie.

17:10

The ball is sent over by Simon Clist, clearance by Ashley Westwood.

16:01

Michael Jacobs takes the inswinging corner, Kelvin Langmead challenges Nathan Elder unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Cornell.

15:39

Saido Berahino takes a shot. David Cornell makes a save.

15:09

Jake Robinson produces a cross.

13:14

Harry Pell takes a shot. Sam Walker makes a save.

12:12

Harry Pell provided the assist for the goal.

12:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Nathan Elder - Northamp'n 0 - 1 Hereford Nathan Elder fires in a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Northampton 0-1 Hereford.

10:33

Simon Clist concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Tozer. Ben Tozer takes the free kick.

7:52

The ball is delivered by Robert Purdie.

6:52

Unfair challenge on Saido Berahino by Andy Todd results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Tozer.

3:07

Kelvin Langmead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stefan Stam. David Cornell restarts play with the free kick.

2:24

Nick McKoy produces a cross, blocked by Robert Purdie. Michael Jacobs takes the inswinging corner, David Cornell makes a save.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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