Adebayo Akinfenwa's second-half goal earned Northampton victory and left Dagenham & Redbridge still seeking a first win of the season.

The Daggers edged an entertaining first half with Brian Woodall going close with a fierce shot and Lee Nicholls denying Medy Elito and Mike Spillane

Akinfenwa also was unlucky with a header at the other end.

And the big striker secured the points when he slid in to convert Chris Hackett's 67th minute cross.

Akinfenwa then came close to making it 2-0 in the 67th minute when he guided a header onto the post.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

"We knew this was going to be a difficult game, particularly after the work that was put in on Saturday.

"I thought Adebayo Akinfenwa was very good and he played really well.

"The great thing is the variety that we've got (up front). He'll be the first to say it's all about the team and not about him. It isn't everything rested on his shoulders.

"Our record at home has been strong but you have got to win away - be dogged and defend for long periods - and we did that."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Dagenham & Redbridge

  • 01 Lewington
  • 02 Wilkinson
  • 03 Ilesanmi
  • 04 Doe
  • 18 Hoyte
  • 06 Spillane
  • 12 Elito (Bingham - 72' )
  • 17 Howell
  • 19 Ogogo
  • 20 Gayle (Scott - 68' )
  • 23 Woodall (Williams - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Seabright
  • 11 Do Green
  • 21 Da Green
  • 24 Bingham
  • 07 Williams
  • 10 Scott
  • 14 Reed

Northampton Town

  • 21 Nicholls
  • 02 Johnson
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 05 Langmead
  • 18 Artell
  • 04 Guttridge
  • 07 Demontagnac (Mukendi - 85' )
  • 08 Harding (Tozer - 7' )
  • 11 Hackett
  • 10 Akinfenwa (Platt - 77' )
  • 14 Nicholls

Substitutes

  • 13 Snedker
  • 12 Tozer
  • 24 Turnbull
  • 09 Platt
  • 15 Mukendi
  • 16 Wilson
  • 19 Moult
Ref: Russell
Att: 1,429

Match Stats

Shots

7 6

On target

4 1

Corners

6 7

Fouls

6 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:35 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +0:05

Inswinging corner taken by Billy Bingham.

86:51

Foul by Michael Spillane on Joe Widdowson, free kick awarded. Chris Hackett crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Abu Ogogo. Inswinging corner taken by Chris Hackett, save by Chris Lewington.

84:28 Substitution

Substitution Henoc Mukendi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ishmel Demontagnac.

83:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Bingham on Chris Hackett. Ishmel Demontagnac takes the free kick.

82:13

Corner taken left-footed by Ishmel Demontagnac.

80:34

Corner taken by Chris Hackett played to the near post, Femi Ilesanmi makes a clearance. The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Hackett. Free kick taken by Chris Lewington.

77:45

Sam Williams fouled by David Artell, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Billy Bingham, save by Lee Nicholls. The offside flag is raised against Alex Nicholls. Chris Lewington restarts play with the free kick.

76:01 Substitution

Substitution Clive Platt comes on in place of Adebayo Akinfenwa.

75:20

Short corner taken by Billy Bingham.

72:09

Michael Spillane takes a shot. Save by Lee Nicholls. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luke Howell played to the near post, Luke Guttridge makes a clearance.

71:20 Substitution

Substitution Medy Elito leaves the field to be replaced by Billy Bingham.

67:46 Substitution

Substitution Dwight Gayle leaves the field to be replaced by Josh Scott.

66:42

Headed effort from close in by Adebayo Akinfenwa bounces off the post.

64:55

Long distance shot from Medy Elito misses to the left of the goal.

62:20 Substitution

Substitution (Dag & Red) makes a substitution, with Sam Williams coming on for Brian Woodall.

57:44

David Artell fouled by Michael Spillane, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Langmead.

51:55

Brian Woodall produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

49:04

Assist by Chris Hackett.

49:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Adebayo Akinfenwa - Dag & Red 0 - 1 Northamp'n Adebayo Akinfenwa finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dag & Red 0-1 Northampton.

48:35

Inswinging corner taken by Chris Hackett,

47:51

Brian Woodall takes a shot. Save made by Lee Nicholls.

46:09

Unfair challenge on Abu Ogogo by Adebayo Akinfenwa results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luke Wilkinson.

45:13

Kelvin Langmead is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Medy Elito restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:30 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

43:39

Michael Spillane takes a shot. Save by Lee Nicholls.

42:50

Corner taken by Ishmel Demontagnac from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Luke Howell.

39:04

Shot from close range by Adebayo Akinfenwa misses to the right of the goal.

36:21

Ishmel Demontagnac produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

35:31

Luke Guttridge concedes a free kick for a foul on Dwight Gayle. Luke Howell takes the direct free kick.

34:51

Adebayo Akinfenwa has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

32:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Johnson by Femi Ilesanmi. David Artell restarts play with the free kick.

27:02

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Medy Elito.

26:02

David Artell challenges Dwight Gayle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Medy Elito, Kelvin Langmead makes a clearance.

24:14

Corner from right by-line taken by Ishmel Demontagnac.

23:27

Medy Elito takes a shot. Save by Lee Nicholls.

22:20

The offside flag is raised against Brian Woodall. Joe Widdowson takes the indirect free kick.

21:48

Brian Woodall produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

18:53

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Medy Elito, clearance by John Johnson.

15:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dwight Gayle by David Artell. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gavin Hoyte, clearance by Ben Tozer. Luke Guttridge handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Spillane. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Medy Elito.

14:48

The referee penalises Luke Guttridge for handball. Michael Spillane restarts play with the free kick.

12:30

Adebayo Akinfenwa concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Lewington. Chris Lewington restarts play with the free kick.

11:16

Brian Woodall gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kelvin Langmead. Free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

10:55

Chris Hackett concedes a free kick for a foul on Femi Ilesanmi. Free kick taken by Chris Lewington.

8:45

Femi Ilesanmi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Guttridge. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Ishmel Demontagnac from right channel. Corner taken right-footed by Chris Hackett.

6:15 Substitution

Substitution Ben Tozer joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ben Harding.

2:15

Effort from the edge of the area by Chris Hackett goes wide of the right-hand post.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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