Port Vale scored a goal in each half to maintain their League Two play-off bid with victory at Northampton.

John McCombe put Vale ahead early on when he headed Doug Loft's cross in at the far post.

Matt Duke produced two fine saves to keep the Cobblers in the game but Sean Rigg doubled the hosts' advantage when he rounded Duke to slot the ball home.

Adebayo Akinfenwa finished from close range for the hosts after good work from substitute Jake Robinson.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOMS

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

"Well I think we got what we deserved. You can't play any fixture in any league and only start playing with 15 minutes to go.

"I though that from the start they played at League Two match pace and we played at testimonial pace.

"We knew how to deal with them but we didn't stick to the game-plan. We were powder-puff too often and when you're like that you don't win."

Port Vale manager Micky Adams told BBC Radio Stoke:

"First half we were terrific, their keeper had to make some great saves to stop them from going in two or three goals down.

"I can't say the transfer embargo has been easy but I've seen it all before, I'm not a young manager who's never seen anything or is phased by it.

"My focus is trying to keep the players away from it as best I can and try to keep them focused on getting results."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Northampton Town

  • 33 Duke
  • 14 Johnson
  • 25 Carlisle
  • 28 Langmead
  • 29 Adams
  • 17 Jacobs
  • 22 Guttridge Booked
  • 24 Silva (Tozer - 61' )
  • 27 Harding Booked
  • 09 Williams (Robinson - 73' )
  • 10 Akinfenwa

Substitutes

  • 13 Kitson
  • 05 Tozer
  • 06 Webster
  • 02 Young
  • 08 Robinson

Port Vale

  • 12 Tomlinson
  • 05 McCombe
  • 25 McDonald
  • 03 Taylor
  • 04 Griffith Booked
  • 07 Loft Booked
  • 14 Marshall (Morsy - 78' )
  • 17 Rigg (Williamson - 88' )
  • 20 Shuker (Owen - 82' )
  • 08 Dodds
  • 09 Richards

Substitutes

  • 01 Martin
  • 06 Owen
  • 18 Morsy
  • 21 James
  • 19 Williamson
Ref: Ward
Att: 5,803

Match Stats

Shots

3 6

On target

2 4

Corners

8 4

Fouls

15 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:12 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +1:10

Foul by Luke Guttridge on Anthony Griffith, free kick awarded. Stuart Tomlinson takes the free kick.

88:19

Unfair challenge on John McCombe by Kelvin Langmead results in a free kick. Stuart Tomlinson restarts play with the free kick.

87:22 Substitution

Substitution Ben Williamson on for Sean Rigg.

86:35

Inswinging corner taken by Ben Harding, Clayton McDonald makes a clearance.

86:09

Ben Harding fouled by Doug Loft, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Jacobs takes the free kick.

84:36

Luke Guttridge challenges Anthony Griffith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Clayton McDonald takes the direct free kick.

82:34

Corner taken by Michael Jacobs from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Clayton McDonald.

81:52 Substitution

Substitution Gareth Owen is brought on as a substitute for Chris Shuker.

80:41

Jake Robinson provided the assist for the goal.

80:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Adebayo Akinfenwa - Northamp'n 1 - 2 Port Vale Adebayo Akinfenwa grabs a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Northampton 1-2 Port Vale.

78:49

The official flags Sean Rigg offside. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Duke.

78:16

Jake Robinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Taylor. Chris Shuker takes the free kick.

77:39 Substitution

Substitution Paul Marshall goes off and Sam Morsy comes on.

74:05

Michael Jacobs restarts play with the free kick. Inswinging corner taken by Ben Harding.

74:05 Booking

Booking Doug Loft booked.

73:42

Doug Loft concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Guttridge.

72:21

Matt Duke takes the indirect free kick.

72:21 Substitution

Substitution Brett Williams goes off and Jake Robinson comes on.

72:21

The official flags Marc Richards offside.

68:18

Effort on goal by Adebayo Akinfenwa from 20 yards. Inswinging corner taken by Ben Harding from the right by-line, clearance made by John McCombe. Corner taken by Michael Jacobs from the left by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa on Stuart Tomlinson. Stuart Tomlinson takes the indirect free kick. Blocked by Robert Taylor.

67:38

Louis Dodds challenges Ben Harding unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Clarke Carlisle.

65:11

The official flags Marc Richards offside. Free kick taken by Matt Duke.

60:21 Substitution

Substitution Ben Tozer joins the action as a substitute, replacing Toni Brito Silva.

57:51 Goal scored

Goal! - Sean Rigg - Northamp'n 0 - 2 Port Vale A goal is scored by Sean Rigg from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Northampton 0-2 Port Vale.

56:30

The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Clarke Carlisle.

55:01

Foul by Louis Dodds on Blair Adams, free kick awarded. Ben Harding takes the indirect free kick.

53:49

Foul by Robert Taylor on Toni Brito Silva, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Harding.

50:18

John Johnson delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Brett Williams misses to the left of the target. Inswinging corner taken by Michael Jacobs from the left by-line, clearance made by Stuart Tomlinson.

46:50

The official flags Sean Rigg offside. Free kick taken by Matt Duke.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +2:23 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Taylor by Adebayo Akinfenwa. Free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.

44:54

Corner taken by Ben Harding from the right by-line, clearance made by John McCombe.

43:48

Brett Williams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John McCombe. Free kick taken by Doug Loft.

43:03 Booking

Booking Ben Harding receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

42:45

Ben Harding gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Marshall. Paul Marshall restarts play with the free kick.

42:06

Foul by Michael Jacobs on Anthony Griffith, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Marshall.

41:05

Inswinging corner taken by Chris Shuker.

40:15 Booking

Booking The referee shows Anthony Griffith a yellow card.

39:53

Foul by Anthony Griffith on Luke Guttridge, free kick awarded. Blair Adams restarts play with the free kick.

38:49

Foul by Blair Adams on Chris Shuker, free kick awarded. Paul Marshall takes the indirect free kick.

37:41

The referee blows for offside against John McCombe. Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.

37:07 Booking

Booking Luke Guttridge booked for unsporting behaviour.

36:49

Luke Guttridge challenges Anthony Griffith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Marshall restarts play with the free kick.

35:01

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Clarke Carlisle.

33:40

Foul by Toni Brito Silva on Robert Taylor, free kick awarded. Robert Taylor takes the free kick.

32:01

Foul by Marc Richards on Blair Adams, free kick awarded. Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.

30:50

Paul Marshall concedes a free kick for a foul on Toni Brito Silva. Free kick taken by Luke Guttridge.

29:28

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael Jacobs, save by Stuart Tomlinson.

27:49

Matt Duke delivers the ball.

27:27

Doug Loft takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

24:45

Ben Harding concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Shuker. Doug Loft takes the direct free kick.

23:19

Michael Jacobs fouled by Anthony Griffith, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Jacobs restarts play with the free kick.

22:08

Adebayo Akinfenwa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith. Stuart Tomlinson takes the free kick.

21:16

Unfair challenge on Kelvin Langmead by Marc Richards results in a free kick. Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.

20:26

The referee penalises Paul Marshall for handball. Matt Duke takes the free kick.

18:43

Luke Guttridge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith. Strike on goal comes in from Paul Marshall from the free kick.

14:38

Corner taken by Paul Marshall from the right by-line, Louis Dodds takes a shot. Matt Duke makes a save.

13:44

Handball by Adebayo Akinfenwa. Indirect free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.

10:20

The referee blows for offside against Marc Richards. Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.

7:45

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Chris Shuker, Matt Duke makes a save.

3:54

Assist on the goal came from Anthony Griffith.

3:54 Goal scored

Goal! - John McCombe - Northamp'n 0 - 1 Port Vale John McCombe finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Northampton 0-1 Port Vale.

3:32

Corner from the right by-line taken by Paul Marshall, Clarke Carlisle manages to make a clearance.

3:08

Louis Dodds has an effort at goal. Matt Duke makes a save.

1:12

Michael Jacobs fouled by Doug Loft, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Jacobs.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

Live data and text provided by our data suppliers