A solitary goal from Adebayo Akinfenwa helped Northampton move into the play-off places with a win over Burton.

After the pitch passed an inspection early on Saturday, the hosts began well, with Akinfenwa heading Joe Widdowson's cross against the woodwork.

However, Cobblers top scorer Akinfenwa put his side in front when he looped in a header from Ben Tozer's delivery.

Jacques Maghoma almost produced a Brewers equaliser but his strike was deflected over the crossbar.

Burton keeper Dean Lyness denied Harding from furthering the hosts' lead and the Cobblers held on for their fourth successive home league victory to leapfrog their opponents in the League Two table.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

"The fact that our supporters came in and were working from 7.30am to clear the pitch put a little bit more pressure on us. They did their bit, which we really do appreciate.

"It was up to us to keep their really good players quiet. In games like that you've got to grind out a win, and that's what we did.

"In the second half, we played some much better football and we played properly. Hopefully, our fans know they've got a team that might lose a few games but it certainly gives its all.

"Now we've got to back this up with a better away performance than we've put in of late."

Burton manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"They put us under pressure in the first 10 or 15 minutes.

"We knew that was going to happen and we dealt quite well with it.

"I was disappointed though, because I just felt we'd dealt with what they were going to do and we had three or four opportunities where balls were put in the box where you just need someone to go and get a toe end on it, but we couldn't do that.

"I'm not disappointed with the performance, but I'm disappointed with the result."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Northampton

  • 21 Nicholls
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 05 Langmead
  • 12 Tozer
  • 30 Carlisle
  • 04 Guttridge Booked
  • 08 Harding
  • 11 Hackett
  • 09 Platt Booked (Demontagnac - 81' )
  • 10 Akinfenwa
  • 17 Robinson (Hornby - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Snedker
  • 07 Demontagnac
  • 22 Hornby
  • 24 Turnbull
  • 29 Moyo
  • 16 Wilson
  • 19 Moult

Burton

  • 16 Lyness
  • 03 Webster
  • 04 Stanton
  • 05 Diamond
  • 20 O'Connor
  • 08 Weir
  • 14 McCrory
  • 19 Maghoma (Phillips - 77' )
  • 23 Bell (Kee - 73' )
  • 27 Drury
  • 10 Zola (Paterson - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Tomlinson
  • 21 Holness
  • 06 McGrath
  • 17 Phillips
  • 22 Dyer
  • 18 Paterson
  • 29 Kee
Ref: Bond
Att: 4,090

Match Stats

Shots

17 5

On target

8 3

Corners

5 8

Fouls

15 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:27 Full time

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

90:00 +2:11

Foul by Luke Guttridge on Matthew Paterson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Dean Lyness.

90:00 +1:03 Substitution

Substitution (Northampton) makes a substitution, with Lewis Hornby coming on for Jake Robinson.

90:00 +1:03

The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Hackett. Dean Lyness restarts play with the free kick.

88:42

Billy Kee concedes a free kick for a foul on Ishmel Demontagnac. Lee Nicholls restarts play with the free kick.

87:55 Substitution

Substitution Matthew Paterson comes on in place of Calvin Zola.

87:07

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Damien McCrory, Anthony O'Connor has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.

86:50

Corner taken by Jimmy Phillips from the left by-line, Kelvin Langmead makes a clearance.

86:26

Damien McCrory takes a shot. Save by Lee Nicholls.

85:27

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jimmy Phillips played to the near post, save made by Lee Nicholls.

84:45

Jimmy Phillips takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Adebayo Akinfenwa.

83:57

Jimmy Phillips concedes a free kick for a foul on Ishmel Demontagnac. Direct free kick taken by Ben Tozer.

82:21

Ben Harding takes a shot. Save made by Dean Lyness.

82:06

The ball is crossed by Jake Robinson, save made by Dean Lyness.

80:24 Substitution

Substitution Ishmel Demontagnac on for Clive Platt.

78:02

A cross is delivered by Chris Hackett, save by Dean Lyness.

77:34

Adam Drury crosses the ball, save by Lee Nicholls.

76:29 Substitution

Substitution Jimmy Phillips on for Jacques Maghoma.

76:29

Adebayo Akinfenwa concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Stanton. Dean Lyness takes the direct free kick.

75:37

A cross is delivered by Joe Widdowson, Dean Lyness makes a save.

75:00

Nathan Stanton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clive Platt. Clarke Carlisle takes the direct free kick.

74:20

Calvin Zola is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

73:59

Inswinging corner taken by Damien McCrory from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Joe Widdowson.

73:29

Corner taken by Damien McCrory from the right by-line played to the near post.

73:04

Robbie Weir takes a shot. Blocked by Kelvin Langmead.

72:19 Substitution

Substitution Lee Bell leaves the field to be replaced by Billy Kee.

71:04

The offside flag is raised against Chris Hackett. Dean Lyness takes the free kick.

68:38

Assist on the goal came from Ben Tozer.

68:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Adebayo Akinfenwa - Northamp'n 1 - 0 Burton Adebayo Akinfenwa scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Northampton 1-0 Burton Albion.

63:07 Booking

Booking Luke Guttridge receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

62:35

Luke Guttridge concedes a free kick for a foul on Damien McCrory. Lee Bell takes the free kick.

62:04

Ben Harding takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

60:55

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Chris Hackett.

60:36

Luke Guttridge takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Damien McCrory.

57:58

Jake Robinson takes a shot. Save made by Dean Lyness.

57:13

Chris Hackett delivers the ball.

55:39

Inswinging corner taken by Lee Bell from the left by-line, Adebayo Akinfenwa makes a clearance.

55:18

Jacques Maghoma takes a shot. Blocked by Kelvin Langmead.

54:38

Headed effort from deep inside the area by Adebayo Akinfenwa misses to the left of the goal.

51:52

The ball is delivered by Jacques Maghoma, Unfair challenge on Ben Harding by Lee Bell results in a free kick. Lee Nicholls restarts play with the free kick.

51:19

Clive Platt concedes a free kick for a foul on Zander Diamond. Free kick taken by Dean Lyness.

50:11

Chris Hackett produces a cross.

48:17

Adebayo Akinfenwa is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dean Lyness.

47:27

Shot by Lee Bell from outside the box goes over the target.

45:02

Unfair challenge on Luke Guttridge by Aaron Webster results in a free kick. Ben Harding delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Aaron Webster.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

42:38

Unfair challenge on Luke Guttridge by Robbie Weir results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Tozer.

40:15

Adebayo Akinfenwa has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

36:53

Corner from the right by-line taken by Damien McCrory, Lee Nicholls makes a save.

34:22

Effort from inside the area by Luke Guttridge misses to the right of the target.

33:33

Chris Hackett has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

33:02

Corner taken right-footed by Chris Hackett, Dean Lyness makes a save.

32:46

Ben Harding takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Bell.

32:33

Chris Hackett sends in a cross.

31:26

Adebayo Akinfenwa handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dean Lyness.

30:37

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

27:28 Booking

Booking Booking for Clive Platt for unsporting behaviour.

27:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zander Diamond by Clive Platt. Anthony O'Connor takes the direct free kick.

25:36

Foul by Chris Hackett on Jacques Maghoma, free kick awarded. Dean Lyness restarts play with the free kick.

24:52

The assistant referee signals for offside against Calvin Zola. Direct free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

23:41

Clive Platt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Webster. Free kick taken by Damien McCrory.

22:12

Corner taken right-footed by Chris Hackett from the left by-line, Kelvin Langmead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zander Diamond. Dean Lyness restarts play with the free kick.

21:23

Jake Robinson takes a shot. Blocked by Anthony O'Connor.

19:43

Luke Guttridge challenges Robbie Weir unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Damien McCrory.

17:50

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

17:18

Calvin Zola handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Lee Nicholls takes the free kick.

16:38

Zander Diamond fouled by Clive Platt, the ref awards a free kick. Anthony O'Connor takes the direct free kick.

15:55

Kelvin Langmead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Lyness. Dean Lyness restarts play with the free kick.

15:23

Robbie Weir gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Guttridge. Ben Tozer takes the direct free kick.

13:32

Luke Guttridge challenges Robbie Weir unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Bell takes the direct free kick.

13:09

Shot by Jake Robinson. Save by Dean Lyness.

11:20

Ben Harding concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Drury. Direct free kick taken by Anthony O'Connor.

11:03

Lee Bell concedes a free kick for a foul on Jake Robinson. Direct free kick taken by Joe Widdowson.

7:31

Ben Harding takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Nathan Stanton.

6:08

Clive Platt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Webster. Dean Lyness restarts play with the free kick.

4:04

Chris Hackett produces a cross, Effort on goal by Jake Robinson from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

3:07

Foul by Luke Guttridge on Lee Bell, free kick awarded. Dean Lyness takes the free kick.

2:21

Ben Harding takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Adam Drury makes a clearance.

1:49

Joe Widdowson delivers the ball, Header from inside the area by Adebayo Akinfenwa bounces off the post.

1:10

The ball is sent over by Chris Hackett, Clive Platt takes a shot. Save by Dean Lyness.

0:33

Robbie Weir concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Harding. Direct free kick taken by Clarke Carlisle.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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