Northampton captain Kelvin Langmead grabbed a late winner to earn his side victory against 10-man Southend.

The Cobblers went ahead when Roy O'Donovan hooked the ball home following a long throw from Ben Tozer.

Bilel Mohsni, who was making his first appearance for Southend in nine months, was sent off after 27 minutes for a foul on Chris Hackett, but the 10 men equalised through Matty Lund's header.

However, Langmead's close-range header on 90 minutes secured all three points.

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Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd tells BBC Radio Northampton:

"I thought overall we deserved it. Paul Sturrock will probably feel his team could have won it as well.

"When you go down to 10 men, all of a sudden, your team seems to get extra energy from somewhere, and the team with 11 seem to think they're all right and drop down a gear.

"Roy O'Donovan is getting better and better with every training session. His goal today was top drawer.

"Kelvin Langmead is as brave as a lion. That's why he's the captain. He's been brilliant. I'm lucky to have him."

Match Stats

Shots

16 8

On target

7 3

Corners

6 4

Fouls

8 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:43 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +5:17

The assistant referee flags for offside against Neil Harris. Direct free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

90:00 +3:43 Substitution

Substitution Ben Reeves replaces Britt Assombalonga.

90:00 +3:23 Substitution

Substitution (Southend) makes a substitution, with Neil Harris coming on for Michael Spillane.

90:00 +1:50 Substitution

Substitution Clive Platt leaves the field to be replaced by Manny Oyeleke.

90:00 +1:35 Booking

Booking Clive Platt is shown a yellow card.

90:00 +1:24

The ball is sent over by Sean Clohessy, Ben Tozer makes a clearance.

89:22

Adebayo Akinfenwa provided the assist for the goal.

89:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Kelvin Langmead - Southend 1 - 2 Northamp'n Kelvin Langmead scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Southend 1-2 Northampton.

86:07

Freddy Eastwood has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

84:42

Ben Harding takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Matthew Lund.

83:03

Centre by Sean Clohessy, clearance by Kelvin Langmead. Corner taken by Kevan Hurst from the right by-line to the near post, Headed effort from inside the area by Britt Assombalonga misses to the left of the goal.

81:10

Foul by Luke Prosser on Clive Platt, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Ben Harding from the free kick, Paul Smith makes a save.

80:50

Kevan Hurst takes a shot. Save made by Lee Nicholls.

80:20

Freddy Eastwood takes a shot. Clearance by Ben Tozer.

78:26

The ball is swung over by Ben Tozer, save by Paul Smith.

78:01

Luke Guttridge concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Straker. Kevan Hurst takes the direct free kick.

76:52

Barry Corr fouled by Adebayo Akinfenwa, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Smith.

75:58

Kevan Hurst takes a shot. Save by Lee Nicholls. Michael Spillane produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

75:32

Chris Hackett delivers the ball, save by Paul Smith.

75:02

Kevan Hurst sends in a cross, Lee Nicholls makes a save.

74:29

Sean Clohessy produces a cross.

73:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kelvin Langmead on Britt Assombalonga. Free kick taken by Kevan Hurst.

72:43

Luke Guttridge has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

70:50

Strike comes in from Freddy Eastwood from the free kick.

70:50 Booking

Booking Luke Guttridge receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

70:41

Luke Guttridge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Lund.

70:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Corr by Adebayo Akinfenwa. Direct free kick taken by Paul Smith.

69:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Lund on Chris Hackett. Free kick taken by Ben Tozer.

68:21 Substitution

Substitution Adebayo Akinfenwa replaces Lee Collins.

68:21

Anthony Straker fouled by Roy O'Donovan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Smith.

67:12

Kevan Hurst takes a shot. Lee Nicholls makes a save.

66:31

Shot from a long way out by Ben Harding goes wide of the left-hand upright.

65:11

The assistant referee flags for offside against Freddy Eastwood. Lee Nicholls takes the free kick.

64:24

Assist by Kevan Hurst.

64:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Matthew Lund - Southend 1 - 1 Northamp'n Matthew Lund scores a headed goal from inside the box. Southend 1-1 Northampton.

62:40

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevan Hurst from the right by-line.

62:22

Chris Hackett challenges Michael Spillane unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Spillane takes the free kick.

59:31

Shot from outside the penalty box by Britt Assombalonga goes wide right of the goal.

59:02

Clive Platt concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Smith. Paul Smith takes the direct free kick.

57:49

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ben Harding from the right by-line, clearance by Barry Corr.

54:11

The ball is sent over by Anthony Straker, Ben Tozer manages to make a clearance.

52:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Collins by Freddy Eastwood. Lee Collins takes the free kick.

51:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Roy O'Donovan on Kevan Hurst. Free kick taken by Kevan Hurst.

50:38

John Johnson produces a cross.

48:52

The ball is crossed by Sean Clohessy, Lee Nicholls makes a save.

48:40

Sean Clohessy crosses the ball, clearance by Ben Tozer.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

44:47

Corner taken by Kevan Hurst from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Roy O'Donovan.

43:49

Unfair challenge on Chris Hackett by Barry Corr results in a free kick. Chris Hackett takes the direct free kick.

42:58

The ball is crossed by Joe Widdowson.

38:45

Freddy Eastwood takes a shot. Save made by Lee Nicholls.

37:53

Chris Hackett has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

36:52

The ball is delivered by John Johnson, Paul Smith makes a save. The official flags Clive Platt offside. Paul Smith restarts play with the free kick.

35:39

Chris Hackett crosses the ball, clearance by Anthony Straker. Shot by Luke Guttridge from just outside the area goes over the net.

34:02

Matthew Lund concedes a free kick for a foul on John Johnson. Lee Nicholls takes the direct free kick.

33:30

Clive Platt concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Lund. Direct free kick taken by Sean Clohessy.

32:41

Free kick taken by Paul Smith.

32:41 Substitution

Substitution (Southend) makes a substitution, with Freddy Eastwood coming on for Danny Mayor.

32:41

Joe Widdowson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean Clohessy.

31:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Johnson on Paul Smith. Direct free kick taken by Paul Smith.

30:55

A cross is delivered by Chris Hackett, Roy O'Donovan takes a shot. Ben Harding takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Barry Corr.

29:35

Corner taken by Chris Hackett played to the near post, clearance made by Barry Corr.

26:47

Free kick taken by Ben Tozer.

26:47 Dismissal

Dismissal Bilel Mohsni sent off.

26:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bilel Mohsni on Chris Hackett.

25:59

The ball is crossed by Anthony Straker, Ben Tozer makes a clearance.

23:13

Roy O'Donovan challenges Anthony Straker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anthony Straker takes the direct free kick.

22:16

Anthony Straker produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

19:24

Short corner taken by Kevan Hurst from the left by-line, The ball is delivered by Matthew Lund, John Johnson makes a clearance.

17:00

Clive Platt is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Bilel Mohsni.

15:44

Inswinging corner taken by Kevan Hurst from the left by-line.

14:34

Britt Assombalonga takes a shot. The offside flag is raised against Barry Corr. Direct free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

14:19

The ball is crossed by Kevan Hurst, clearance made by Ben Tozer.

13:33

Unfair challenge on Luke Guttridge by Michael Spillane results in a free kick. Lee Nicholls restarts play with the free kick.

11:36

Unfair challenge on Danny Mayor by Luke Guttridge results in a free kick. Kevan Hurst restarts play with the free kick.

10:23

Assist by Ben Tozer.

10:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Roy O'Donovan - Southend 0 - 1 Northamp'n Roy O'Donovan gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Southend 0-1 Northampton.

8:24

The assistant referee signals for offside against Luke Guttridge. Paul Smith takes the free kick.

7:34

Unfair challenge on Lee Collins by Kevan Hurst results in a free kick. Chris Hackett takes the free kick.

6:36

Unfair challenge on Britt Assombalonga by Kelvin Langmead results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Smith.

4:16

Barry Corr takes a shot. Kelvin Langmead gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Kevan Hurst from the left by-line.

2:40

Shot from just outside the area by Danny Mayor misses to the right of the target.

1:27

Kevan Hurst produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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