Chris Hackett's fine solo effort helped Northampton on their way to victory over AFC Wimbledon.

Huw Johnson could have put the Dons ahead in the first half, but his header was saved well by Lee Nicholls.

The Cobblers went ahead when substitute Adebayo Akinfenwa fed through to Alex Nicholls, who fired in.

Then came Hackett's moment, as he picked up the ball from 40 yards out, eased past two defenders and slotted home to wrap up the win.

Northampton were without striker Jake Robinson, who has joined Luton Town on a one-month loan deal.

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Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

"It was a very tough game. If you're going to be successful, you've got to be persistent, and we're certainly that.

"The clean sheet is the most important thing for me. We're always going to score goals but I thought it was important we got that clean sheet and made our pressure count.

"We took probably 50 per cent of the chances that we created today."

AFC Wimbledon manager Terry Brown told BBC London 94.9:

"I was pleased with the first half of the performance. I thought we came out bright in the second half and looking to go up a gear.

"But the goal killed us. I am a bit disappointed that, when the goal went in, too many heads went down for my liking.

"Both goals were dire from a defensive point of view. Both goals were pretty horrendous.

"We created a few chances, but they created more chances than us."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Northampton

  • 21 Nicholls
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 05 Langmead
  • 12 Tozer
  • 18 Artell
  • 23 East
  • 08 Harding
  • 11 Hackett (Demontagnac - 81' )
  • 09 Platt (Mukendi - 81' )
  • 14 Nicholls
  • 19 Moult (Akinfenwa - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Snedker
  • 06 Charles
  • 07 Demontagnac
  • 24 Turnbull
  • 10 Akinfenwa
  • 15 Mukendi
  • 16 Wilson

AFC Wimbledon

  • 33 Jaimez-Ruiz
  • 03 Cummings
  • 05 Balkestein
  • 24 Francomb
  • 25 Bennett (MacDonald - 46' )
  • 07 Long (L Moore - 73' )
  • 08 S Moore
  • 17 Johnson (Jolley - 73' )
  • 20 Merrifield
  • 09 Harrison
  • 10 Midson

Substitutes

  • 01 Brown
  • 04 Harris
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 12 Jolley
  • 26 Sweeney
  • 11 L Moore
  • 21 Strutton
Ref: Duncan
Att: 4,235

Match Stats

Shots

21 17

On target

15 13

Corners

3 1

Fouls

7 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:11 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +1:38

The assistant referee signals for offside against Henoc Mukendi. Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:22

Ishmel Demontagnac has an effort at goal. Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz makes a save.

90:00 +0:45

Foul by Pim Balkestein on Adebayo Akinfenwa, free kick awarded. Danny East restarts play with the free kick.

88:41

The official flags Byron Harrison offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

88:10

David Artell takes a shot. Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz makes a comfortable save.

87:17

Shot from 12 yards by Christian Jolley. Save by Lee Nicholls.

86:54

A cross is delivered by Luke Moore, David Artell manages to make a clearance.

85:20

Shot from just outside the area by Ishmel Demontagnac goes over the bar.

84:30

Unfair challenge on Warren Cummings by Adebayo Akinfenwa results in a free kick. Pim Balkestein takes the free kick.

82:14

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

80:24 Substitution

Substitution Chris Hackett goes off and Ishmel Demontagnac comes on.

80:24 Substitution

Substitution Clive Platt leaves the field to be replaced by Henoc Mukendi.

78:26

Shot by Adebayo Akinfenwa. Save by Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz.

77:57

Clive Platt takes a shot. Angus MacDonald gets a block in.

77:40

Byron Harrison is caught offside. Lee Nicholls restarts play with the free kick.

77:13

Drilled right-footed shot by Sammy Moore. Kelvin Langmead gets a block in.

76:38

Christian Jolley produces a drilled left-footed shot from 18 yards. Blocked by Kelvin Langmead.

75:16

Joe Widdowson concedes a free kick for a foul on Frankie Merrifield. Direct free kick taken by Sammy Moore. Pim Balkestein takes a shot. Danny East gets a block in.

74:46

Adebayo Akinfenwa challenges Luke Moore unfairly and gives away a free kick. Warren Cummings takes the free kick.

73:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Christian Jolley on Ben Tozer. Free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

73:08

The ball is crossed by Christian Jolley, Lee Nicholls makes a save.

72:24 Substitution

Substitution (AFC Wimbledon) makes a substitution, with Luke Moore coming on for Stacy Long.

72:24 Substitution

Substitution Christian Jolley replaces Huw Johnson.

71:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Hackett - Northamp'n 2 - 0 Wimbledon Chris Hackett fires in a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Northampton 2-0 AFC Wimbledon.

70:15

George Francomb produces a cross.

67:43

Joe Widdowson is ruled offside. Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz restarts play with the free kick.

67:01

Chris Hackett takes a inswinging corner.

66:33

Shot by Alex Nicholls from 20 yards. George Francomb gets a block in.

65:13

Centre by Warren Cummings, save by Lee Nicholls.

61:39

Sammy Moore produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.

61:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Hackett on Stacy Long. Stacy Long takes the free kick.

61:07

Jack Midson produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Save by Lee Nicholls.

59:50

Assist by David Artell.

59:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Alex Nicholls - Northamp'n 1 - 0 Wimbledon A goal is scored by Alex Nicholls from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Northampton 1-0 AFC Wimbledon.

59:30

A cross is delivered by Chris Hackett, clearance by Sammy Moore.

57:20

Lee Nicholls restarts play with the free kick.

57:20 Substitution

Substitution Adebayo Akinfenwa replaces Louis Moult.

57:20

Stacy Long sends in a cross, free kick awarded for a foul by Byron Harrison on David Artell.

55:40

Corner taken by Stacy Long played to the near post, clearance made by Clive Platt.

55:13

Stacy Long takes a shot. Danny East gets a block in.

54:37

George Francomb produces a cross, Danny East manages to make a clearance.

53:12

Kelvin Langmead challenges Stacy Long unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Stacy Long.

51:54

Joe Widdowson sends in a cross, Alex Nicholls takes a shot. Save made by Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz. The assistant referee signals for offside against Clive Platt. Indirect free kick taken by Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz.

51:03

George Francomb has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

45:48

The ball is delivered by George Francomb, Byron Harrison produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Angus MacDonald replaces Dale Bennett.

45:00 +1:18 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Widdowson by Huw Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

45:00 +0:08

Pim Balkestein concedes a free kick for a foul on Clive Platt. Direct free kick taken by Clive Platt.

44:43

The ball is crossed by Warren Cummings, save by Lee Nicholls.

44:00

A cross is delivered by Chris Hackett, Pim Balkestein makes a clearance.

41:49

Frankie Merrifield takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Tozer.

39:58

The ball is delivered by Joe Widdowson, clearance made by Warren Cummings.

37:11

Huw Johnson has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save by Lee Nicholls.

36:20

The assistant referee signals for offside against Alex Nicholls. Free kick taken by Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz.

35:32

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

34:19

Shot on goal by Stacy Long from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

32:00

Clive Platt takes a shot. Save made by Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz.

31:29

Byron Harrison is ruled offside. Lee Nicholls takes the indirect free kick.

30:44

Drilled right-footed shot by Chris Hackett. Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz makes a comfortable save.

30:21

Chris Hackett takes a shot. Blocked by Sammy Moore.

30:07

Centre by Louis Moult, clearance by Pim Balkestein.

27:18

Chris Hackett sends in a cross, clearance by Warren Cummings.

27:01

Joe Widdowson produces a cross.

26:16

Stacy Long is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Lee Nicholls takes the indirect free kick.

23:54

The assistant referee signals for offside against Joe Widdowson. Free kick taken by Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz.

21:20

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Hackett, Kelvin Langmead takes a shot. Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz makes a save.

21:02

Chris Hackett sends in a cross, Dale Bennett makes a clearance.

20:28

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

19:54

Jack Midson takes a shot. Ben Harding gets a block in.

19:21

The referee blows for offside against Clive Platt. Pim Balkestein takes the free kick.

18:35

A cross is delivered by George Francomb, Lee Nicholls makes a save.

17:29

Stacy Long produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Kelvin Langmead gets a block in.

15:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Widdowson on George Francomb. The ball is delivered by Stacy Long, Huw Johnson takes a shot. Lee Nicholls makes a comfortable save.

15:10

Handball decision goes against Jack Midson. Lee Nicholls takes the free kick.

14:38

Effort on goal by Huw Johnson from 18 yards. Blocked by David Artell.

13:12

Drilled right-footed shot by Alex Nicholls. Dale Bennett gets a block in.

12:34

Centre by Chris Hackett, clearance by Pim Balkestein.

12:11

A cross is delivered by Joe Widdowson, clearance made by Pim Balkestein.

11:26

Louis Moult has an effort at goal from 30 yards. Save by Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz.

9:46

David Artell has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

9:04

Corner taken by Chris Hackett played to the near post, clearance made by Byron Harrison.

8:40

The ball is delivered by Danny East, clearance made by Dale Bennett.

7:33

Headed effort from inside the area by Kelvin Langmead misses to the left of the goal.

6:38

Byron Harrison is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Lee Nicholls takes the free kick.

4:55

Louis Moult delivers the ball, Pim Balkestein gets a block in.

4:04

Alex Nicholls has a drilled shot. Dale Bennett gets a block in.

1:11

Stacy Long fouled by Ben Tozer, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Sammy Moore, blocked by Clive Platt.

0:00

The game begins.

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