Aidy Boothroyd's Northampton moved into the top half of League Two with a convincing home victory against Exeter.

Adebayo Akinfenwa volleyed in and Kelvin Langmead converted a cross from Manchester City loanee Emyr Huws to give the Cobblers a 2-0 lead.

Arron Davies and Jamie Cureton missed chances to bring Exeter back into the match either side of the break.

And a Northampton win was assured once Alex Nicholls headed in Chris Hackett's free-kick with six minutes remaining.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

"What he (Emyr Huws) does is he puts his foot on the ball and he keeps it and you can give him it in tight areas and he'll not lose it and his distribution is excellent.

"He's got the feet to go past people and provide crosses so I'm really pleased with his debut.

"I've watched him a number of times and he's going to be a top, top player.

"It was a good home win. I think we beat them comfortably."

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon:

"Watching the game I still think we could have got a result, but essentially its down to goals and goals conceded and we certainly came on the wrong side of that.

"We can't rely on having to score two or three to get a result. I have no grudge to bear at all with the way we passed it and attacked, we played our game.

"It's about the goals we conceded today, more so than the goals we could have scored. We should've done better defensively."

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (6)

Northampton

  • 21 Nicholls
  • 03 Widdowson Booked
  • 05 Langmead Booked
  • 06 Charles
  • 12 Tozer
  • 07 Demontagnac Booked (Roofe - 65' )
  • 11 Hackett
  • 28 Huws
  • 09 Platt Booked (Moult - 90' )
  • 10 Akinfenwa (Hornby - 79' )
  • 14 Nicholls

Substitutes

  • 13 Snedker
  • 22 Hornby
  • 27 Roofe
  • 15 Mukendi
  • 16 Wilson
  • 19 Moult

Exeter

  • 24 Evans
  • 02 Tully
  • 03 Woodman
  • 04 Bennett Booked
  • 05 Baldwin (Doherty - 77' )
  • 06 Coles Booked
  • 16 Amankwaah (Gow - 46' )
  • 08 Oakley
  • 11 Davies Booked
  • 12 Cureton
  • 19 O'Flynn (Sercombe - 65' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 37 Moore-Taylor
  • 07 Sercombe
  • 14 Doherty
  • 22 Keohane
  • 10 Gow
  • 21 Bauza
Ref: Bond
Att: 4,607

Match Stats

Shots

13 13

On target

10 9

Corners

2 3

Fouls

14 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:43 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +5:11

Ben Tozer takes the free kick.

90:00 +5:11 Booking

Booking Booking for Liam Sercombe for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +5:07

Liam Sercombe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emyr Huws.

90:00 +4:56

Centre by Kemar Roofe, clearance made by Steve Tully.

90:00 +2:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Widdowson by Jamie Cureton. Lee Nicholls takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:13 Substitution

Substitution (Northampton) makes a substitution, with Louis Moult coming on for Clive Platt.

85:23

Ben Tozer concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Gow. Alan Gow fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

83:56

Assist by Kelvin Langmead.

83:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Alex Nicholls - Northamp'n 3 - 0 Exeter Alex Nicholls grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Northampton 3-0 Exeter.

82:57

Kemar Roofe delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.

82:57 Booking

Booking Danny Coles receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

82:43

Foul by Danny Coles on Chris Hackett, free kick awarded.

81:50

Shot from 12 yards from Jamie Cureton. Save made by Lee Nicholls.

81:36

The ball is delivered by Emyr Huws, clearance made by Steve Tully.

81:24

The ball is swung over by Tommy Doherty.

80:37

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alan Gow from the right by-line, Clive Platt makes a clearance.

80:14

Ben Tozer concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Gow. Tommy Doherty takes the direct free kick.

78:52 Substitution

Substitution Lewis Hornby joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adebayo Akinfenwa.

77:17 Booking

Booking Scot Bennett receives a caution.

77:09

Scot Bennett challenges Clive Platt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Widdowson.

76:43

The official flags Alan Gow offside. Lee Nicholls restarts play with the free kick.

76:18 Substitution

Substitution Tommy Doherty replaces Pat Baldwin.

76:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pat Baldwin by Clive Platt. Direct free kick taken by Matt Oakley.

74:47

Alan Gow has a drilled shot. Lee Nicholls makes a save.

73:21

Alan Gow is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

71:17

Alan Gow gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Hackett. Lee Nicholls restarts play with the free kick.

70:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Arron Davies by Chris Hackett. Matt Oakley takes the free kick.

70:17 Booking

Booking Clive Platt booked for time wasting.

70:01

Clive Platt is caught offside. Free kick taken by Matt Oakley.

68:59

A cross is delivered by Joe Widdowson, clearance by Pat Baldwin.

68:07

Shot by Alan Gow from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

67:24

Matt Oakley takes the free kick.

67:24 Booking

Booking Caution for Kelvin Langmead.

67:18

Kelvin Langmead challenges Alan Gow unfairly and gives away a free kick.

66:54

Foul by Chris Hackett on Matt Oakley, free kick awarded. Craig Woodman takes the direct free kick.

64:23 Substitution

Substitution John O'Flynn leaves the field to be replaced by Liam Sercombe.

64:23 Substitution

Substitution Kemar Roofe replaces Ishmel Demontagnac.

64:04

Shot from long range by Chris Hackett goes wide of the left-hand post.

62:07

Alan Gow decides to take a short corner. The ball is sent over by Alan Gow.

61:55

Steve Tully delivers the ball, Joe Widdowson gets a block in.

61:04

Shot by Alex Nicholls. Blocked by Danny Coles.

60:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Gow by Ben Tozer. Steve Tully takes the direct free kick.

59:17

Emyr Huws fouled by Scot Bennett, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Tozer.

57:21

Ishmel Demontagnac delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Adebayo Akinfenwa goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

56:38

Matt Oakley concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Tozer. Chris Hackett restarts play with the free kick.

56:03

The ball is sent over by Craig Woodman, Jamie Cureton takes a shot. Lee Nicholls makes a save.

54:25

Effort by Arron Davies from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

53:20

Adebayo Akinfenwa takes a shot. Rhys Evans makes a save.

51:23

Jamie Cureton is ruled offside. Lee Nicholls restarts play with the free kick.

49:37 Booking

Booking Joe Widdowson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

49:17

Joe Widdowson concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Gow. Steve Tully takes the direct free kick.

48:44

The ball is delivered by Steve Tully, Jamie Cureton takes a brilliant shot. Save made by Lee Nicholls.

48:01

Shot by Jamie Cureton. Anthony Charles gets a block in.

47:27 Booking

Booking Ishmel Demontagnac booked for unsporting behaviour.

47:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ishmel Demontagnac on Arron Davies. Craig Woodman takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Amankwaah leaves the field to be replaced by Alan Gow.

45:00 +1:33 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:16

Unfair challenge on Craig Woodman by Ishmel Demontagnac results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Woodman.

44:00

Arron Davies has an effort at goal. Save by Lee Nicholls.

42:45

The ball is sent over by Joe Widdowson, Rhys Evans makes a save.

41:21

A cross is delivered by Steve Tully, save by Lee Nicholls.

40:40

Effort from 20 yards by Emyr Huws. Save by Rhys Evans.

39:52

Shot from 12 yards from Alex Nicholls. Danny Coles gets a block in.

38:02

Emyr Huws provided the assist for the goal.

38:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Kelvin Langmead - Northamp'n 2 - 0 Exeter Kelvin Langmead scores a headed goal from inside the box. Northampton 2-0 Exeter.

37:27

Inswinging corner taken by Ishmel Demontagnac, save by Rhys Evans.

36:17

Chris Hackett fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, clearance made by Danny Coles.

36:17 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Arron Davies for unsporting behaviour.

36:07

Arron Davies challenges Emyr Huws unfairly and gives away a free kick.

34:31

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Arron Davies, save made by Lee Nicholls.

33:04

Unfair challenge on Ishmel Demontagnac by John O'Flynn results in a free kick. Ishmel Demontagnac crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.

32:09

Foul by Scot Bennett on Alex Nicholls, free kick awarded. Chris Hackett restarts play with the free kick.

28:58

The ball is delivered by Matt Oakley, Anthony Charles manages to make a clearance.

28:26

Adebayo Akinfenwa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scot Bennett. Danny Coles takes the free kick.

27:49

The ball is crossed by Ishmel Demontagnac.

25:17

The official flags John O'Flynn offside. Direct free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

24:12

The assist for the goal came from Chris Hackett.

24:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Adebayo Akinfenwa - Northamp'n 1 - 0 Exeter Adebayo Akinfenwa finds the net with a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Northampton 1-0 Exeter.

23:55

Jamie Cureton takes a shot. Lee Nicholls makes a save.

23:24

Shot by Arron Davies. Blocked by Kelvin Langmead.

22:54

Effort on goal by John O'Flynn from 12 yards. Lee Nicholls makes a save.

20:38

Centre by Chris Hackett, save by Rhys Evans.

19:28

Steve Tully produces a cross, clearance made by Kelvin Langmead.

18:20

Craig Woodman delivers the ball, Effort on goal by John O'Flynn from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

16:47

Unfair challenge on Adebayo Akinfenwa by Danny Coles results in a free kick. Chris Hackett crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Rhys Evans.

15:56

Ishmel Demontagnac concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Cureton. Direct free kick taken by Craig Woodman.

15:32

Kevin Amankwaah crosses the ball, comfortable save by Lee Nicholls.

15:14

Centre by Steve Tully, clearance by Pat Baldwin.

12:17

Craig Woodman crosses the ball.

11:27

The offside flag is raised against Alex Nicholls. Danny Coles takes the free kick.

11:04

Clive Platt challenges Pat Baldwin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Pat Baldwin takes the free kick.

10:26

Shot from 12 yards by Adebayo Akinfenwa. Danny Coles manages to make a clearance.

9:38

Chris Hackett decides to take the corner short.

9:25

Joe Widdowson sends in a cross, clearance made by Arron Davies.

9:02

Ishmel Demontagnac delivers the ball, Pat Baldwin makes a clearance.

8:10

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jamie Cureton. Kelvin Langmead takes the direct free kick.

4:56

Shot from just outside the area by Ishmel Demontagnac misses to the right of the target.

3:41

Effort on goal by Alex Nicholls from 20 yards. Pat Baldwin gets a block in.

0:34

Joe Widdowson challenges Steve Tully unfairly and gives away a free kick. John O'Flynn takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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