Relegation rivals Northampton and Plymouth played out a goalless draw in League Two.

With Adebayo Akinfenwa on the bench after injury, the hosts lacked firepower but Toni Silva blazed over from close range early on.

Cobblers' Ben Tozer shot wide and Michael Jacobs tested keeper Jake Cole, while Alex MacDonald fired over after some good approach play by Argyle.

The visitors' Paul Wotton then saw his 25-yard free-kick rattle the woodwork.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

"Plymouth were terrific defensively. We couldn't find a rhythm after a good start.

"I think it highlights what we need to do in the summer and I know that.

"But, all in all, at this stage of the season, with the run that we're on, it's very much a point gained.

"I think today it was very important that we didn't get beat and we haven't and it's another point on the board."

Plymouth Argyle manager Carl Fletcher told BBC Radio Devon:

"They've got seven or eight players over six feet tall so we knew they'd be a threat from headers and set pieces.

"We had to do the ugly stuff well. We got better as the game went on, it was just unfortunate we couldn't nick one at the other end.

"We had players coming back and marking big centre halves. They stuck to their task, which is really pleasing.

"The situation with the table changes every week, but all that matters is how it looks come May 5."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Northampton Town

  • 33 Duke
  • 03 Charles
  • 05 Tozer
  • 14 Johnson
  • 25 Carlisle Booked
  • 28 Langmead
  • 17 Jacobs
  • 22 Guttridge
  • 24 Silva (Akinfenwa - 69' )
  • 27 Harding
  • 09 Williams

Substitutes

  • 13 Kitson
  • 06 Webster
  • 02 Young
  • 10 Akinfenwa
  • 23 Lewis Wilson

Plymouth Argyle

  • 23 Cole
  • 02 Berry
  • 05 Purse
  • 14 Bhasera (Hemmings - 63' )
  • 22 Blanchard Booked
  • 03 Williams
  • 08 Walton
  • 19 Wotton
  • 20 Hourihane
  • 09 Tsoumou Booked (Chadwick - 69' )
  • 32 MacDonald (Young - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Larrieu
  • 15 Young
  • 11 Feeney
  • 29 Chadwick
  • 31 Hemmings
Ref: Phillips
Att: 6,718

Match Stats

Shots

5 5

On target

2 2

Corners

4 2

Fouls

10 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:44 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:19

Ashley Hemmings takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke.

90:00 +1:58

Ben Harding takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Jake Cole.

89:37

Inswinging corner taken by Paul Wotton from the left by-line, Matt Duke makes a clearance.

88:33

Darren Purse fouled by Adebayo Akinfenwa, the ref awards a free kick. Jake Cole takes the indirect free kick.

84:45

Unfair challenge on Simon Walton by Anthony Charles results in a free kick. Paul Wotton restarts play with the free kick.

82:35

Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

82:35 Substitution

Substitution Alex MacDonald goes off and Luke Young comes on.

82:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Williams by Adebayo Akinfenwa.

78:38

Unfair challenge on Michael Jacobs by Alex MacDonald results in a free kick. Ben Harding restarts play with the free kick.

73:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Hemmings by Kelvin Langmead. Paul Wotton has an effort direct from the free kick,

71:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Brett Williams on Darren Purse. Free kick taken by Jake Cole.

68:00

Indirect free kick taken by Anthony Charles.

68:00 Substitution

Substitution Nick Chadwick comes on in place of Juvhel Tsoumou.

68:00 Substitution

Substitution (Northampton) makes a substitution, with Adebayo Akinfenwa coming on for Toni Brito Silva.

68:00

Darren Purse concedes a free kick for a foul on Brett Williams.

67:08

Unfair challenge on Maxime Blanchard by Toni Brito Silva results in a free kick. Paul Wotton takes the free kick.

66:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Conor Hourihane by Ben Tozer. Darren Purse takes the indirect free kick.

64:59

Corner taken by Michael Jacobs, clearance made by Conor Hourihane.

64:33

Corner taken left-footed by Ben Harding from the right by-line, Darren Purse manages to make a clearance.

63:57

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

61:59

John Johnson takes the indirect free kick.

61:59 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Hemmings replaces Onismor Bhasera.

61:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Toni Brito Silva by Robbie Williams.

57:54

Paul Wotton takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Clarke Carlisle makes a clearance.

55:28

Michael Jacobs produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Durrell Berry.

55:28 Booking

Booking Caution for Maxime Blanchard.

55:11

Maxime Blanchard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Toni Brito Silva.

52:43

Effort on goal by Ben Tozer from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

50:38

Effort from just outside the box by Alex MacDonald goes over the bar.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:07 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:50

Inswinging corner taken by Michael Jacobs from the left by-line.

42:15

Juvhel Tsoumou takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke.

40:14

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ben Harding, Robbie Williams manages to make a clearance.

35:12

Luke Guttridge fouled by Conor Hourihane, the ref awards a free kick. Kelvin Langmead restarts play with the free kick.

31:11

Darren Purse fouled by Brett Williams, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Purse.

26:40

The assistant referee flags for offside against Juvhel Tsoumou. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Duke.

23:33

Foul by Onismor Bhasera on Ben Tozer, free kick awarded. Matt Duke takes the free kick.

18:22

Juvhel Tsoumou concedes a free kick for a foul on Toni Brito Silva. Matt Duke takes the indirect free kick.

13:22

Free kick taken by Paul Wotton.

13:22 Booking

Booking Clarke Carlisle receives a caution.

13:10

Clarke Carlisle concedes a free kick for a foul on Onismor Bhasera.

5:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Maxime Blanchard on Brett Williams. Michael Jacobs restarts play with the free kick.

4:46

Ben Tozer has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

4:09

The offside flag is raised against Onismor Bhasera. Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.

2:39

Matt Duke takes the free kick.

2:39 Booking

Booking Booking for Juvhel Tsoumou for unsporting behaviour.

2:19

The official flags Onismor Bhasera offside.

1:33

Close range effort by Toni Brito Silva clears the crossbar.

0:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Charles on Alex MacDonald. Strike comes in from Robbie Williams from the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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