First-half strikes from Ben Hutchinson and Sam Clucas helped Mansfield to victory against struggling Northampton.

Hutchinson put the Stags ahead with a curling 25-yard free-kick.

Clucas then scrambled a second past keeper Matt Duke after linking up well with Ryan Tafazolli.

Stags goalkeeper Alan Marriot made a string of saves, including a one-handed effort to deny Darren Carter, before Mathias Kouo-Doumbe netted an own goal past Duke.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd tells BBC Radio Northampton:

"I'm really disappointed today because we've done enough in the last two or three weeks to win plenty of games. The stats may say we were dominant but we lost a game 3-0.

"We re-double our efforts and work twice as hard. We'll be in tomorrow morning first thing, all day, and we will work every day, all day, until we get this right.

"It isn't about bringing any other players in. Losing Matt Heath isn't ideal but you've got to be able to respond.

"I've got a pretty good track record. The club is in a far better place than it was. I'm not one for resigning - I've never done that. This is my team. I believe I'm the man to put this right."

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Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:31 Full time

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

90:00 +3:16

Darren Carter takes a shot and bounced off the post.

90:00 +2:13

Jamie McGuire manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:10

Corner from the right by-line taken by Darren Carter.

90:00 +1:48

The ball is delivered by Chris Hackett.

90:00 +0:35

Free kick crossed by Alan Marriott.

89:50

Clive Platt concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Tafazolli.

89:17

Header at goal by Jamie McGuire goes over the frame of the goal.

89:08

James Jennings crosses the ball in from the free kick.

88:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Rhead by Mathias Kouo-Doumbe.

88:13

Ian Morris takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

87:29

Shot by Jacob Blyth went over the net.

87:19

Free kick taken by Ian Morris.

87:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jake Speight on Mathias Kouo-Doumbe.

86:33

James Jennings takes the free kick.

85:45

Roy O'Donovan challenges Lee Stevenson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

85:27

Shot by Jacob Blyth.

84:37

James Jennings manages to make a clearance.

83:20

Corner taken by Darren Carter from the right by-line.

83:03

The ball is swung over by Chris Hackett.

82:48

Ryan Tafazolli makes a clearance.

81:06 Substitution

Substitution Sam Clucas goes off and Jake Speight comes on.

80:15

Shot by Ian Morris went wide right of the post.

80:00

Lee Beevers makes a clearance.

79:56

Corner taken by Chris Hackett.

79:50

Ritchie Sutton makes a clearance.

79:37

The ball is sent over by Darren Carter.

78:22

Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

78:14

Jacob Blyth is penalised for a handball.

77:43

Sam Clucas takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Matt Duke blocks the ball.

77:02

Matt Rhead takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

76:07

Clearance by Mathias Kouo-Doumbe.

74:59

Clearance made by Mathias Kouo-Doumbe.

74:26

Clearance by Jamie McGuire.

74:10

Clearance made by Lee Stevenson.

73:55

Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.

73:52

The offside flag is raised against Sam Clucas.

73:29

Matt Rhead takes a shot.

73:06

The ball is delivered by Sam Clucas.

72:19 Substitution

Substitution (Northampton) makes a substitution, with Roy O'Donovan coming on for Matty Harriott.

71:53

Header by Clive Platt misses right.

71:39

Ian Morris sends in a cross.

71:11

The ball is sent over by Darren Carter.

70:48

Shot by Darren Carter. A parry by Alan Marriott prevents the goal.

70:37

Matt Duke crosses the ball in from the free kick.

70:25

Unfair challenge on Lee Collins by Jamie McGuire results in a free kick.

69:25

Ryan Tafazolli makes a clearance.

69:18

Matt Duke crosses the ball in from the free kick.

69:03

Foul by Jamie McGuire on Lee Collins, free kick awarded.

68:15

Clearance made by Kevin Amankwaah.

67:20

Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.

67:02

Foul by Matt Rhead on Joe Widdowson, free kick awarded.

65:48

Clearance made by Mathias Kouo-Doumbe.

65:43

The ball is sent over by Matt Rhead.

65:05

Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.

64:47

Foul by Lee Stevenson on Lee Collins, free kick awarded.

64:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Mathias Kouo-Doumbe - Mansfield 3 - 0 Northamp'n An own goal is scored by Mathias Kouo-Doumbe. Mansfield 3-0 Northampton.

61:25 Substitution

Substitution Matt Rhead joins the action as a substitute, replacing Calvin Andrew.

60:59

Header by Jacob Blyth goes harmlessly over the bar.

60:46

The ball is swung over by Chris Hackett.

60:31

Ian Morris takes the chance to get an effort at goal. A parry by Alan Marriott prevents the goal.

59:59

Darren Carter produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. A parry by Alan Marriott prevents the goal.

59:42

James Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Hackett.

59:09

John Dempster manages to make a clearance.

58:57

The ball is swung over by Chris Hackett.

58:42

Ryan Tafazolli makes a clearance.

58:03

Ritchie Sutton manages to make a clearance.

57:53

Corner from the left by-line taken by Chris Hackett.

57:40

Clearance made by John Dempster.

57:33

Corner taken by Darren Carter.

57:06

The ball is sent over by Chris Hackett.

55:43

Clearance made by Lee Collins.

55:17

John Dempster manages to make a clearance.

55:15

Matty Harriott produces a cross.

54:35

Ian Morris delivers the ball.

53:41 Substitution

Substitution Lee Stevenson is brought on as a substitute for Ben Hutchinson.

53:17

Ian Morris restarts play with the free kick.

52:22

Clive Platt fouled by Ritchie Sutton, the ref awards a free kick.

52:07

John Dempster manages to make a clearance.

52:01

The ball is delivered by Chris Hackett.

51:38

Clearance made by Ritchie Sutton.

51:31

Chris Hackett delivers the ball.

50:31

Clearance made by Mathias Kouo-Doumbe.

50:25

The ball is crossed by Ben Hutchinson.

49:56

Clearance made by Mathias Kouo-Doumbe.

49:17

The ball is sent over by Joe Widdowson.

49:03

Chris Hackett delivers the ball.

47:36

Chris Hackett takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Alan Marriott catches the ball.

45:40

John Dempster makes a clearance.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:04 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:53

Clearance by Alan Marriott.

45:00 +0:59

Header by Mathias Kouo-Doumbe misses left.

45:00 +0:45

Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Hackett.

44:57

Strike comes in from Darren Carter from the free kick.

44:06

Foul by John Dempster on Jacob Blyth, free kick awarded.

44:00

Clearance by Mathias Kouo-Doumbe.

43:45

Centre by Lee Beevers.

43:22

Joe Widdowson makes a clearance.

43:05

Lee Collins manages to make a clearance.

42:17

The ball is crossed by Kevin Amankwaah.

41:55

Clearance made by Ryan Tafazolli.

41:42

Clearance by Ryan Tafazolli.

41:37

Ian Morris sends in a cross.

40:30

Centre by Chris Hackett.

39:28

Lee Beevers makes a clearance.

39:22

Corner taken by Chris Hackett.

38:37

John Dempster manages to make a clearance.

38:27

The ball is crossed by Ian Morris.

37:53

Matt Duke crosses the ball in from the free kick.

37:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Collins by Calvin Andrew.

37:07

Shot by Jacob Blyth cleared the crossbar.

36:44

Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.

36:36

Ryan Tafazolli concedes a free kick for a foul on Clive Platt.

35:47

Lee Collins makes a clearance.

33:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Sam Clucas - Mansfield 2 - 0 Northamp'n Sam Clucas scores with their right foot. Mansfield 2-0 Northampton.

33:14

Ritchie Sutton restarts play with the free kick.

32:39

Unfair challenge on Ryan Tafazolli by Jacob Blyth results in a free kick.

32:17

The ball is sent over by Ben Hutchinson.

31:45

Clearance by Matt Duke.

30:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Hutchinson - Mansfield 1 - 0 Northamp'n Ben Hutchinson scores direct from the free kick. Mansfield 1-0 Northampton.

28:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Calvin Andrew by Mathias Kouo-Doumbe.

28:10

Clearance by Darren Carter.

27:55

Ryan Tafazolli manages to make a clearance.

27:51

The ball is swung over by Kevin Amankwaah.

27:40

Free kick taken by Matt Duke.

27:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Widdowson by Ben Hutchinson.

26:23

Shot by Ian Morris.

25:24

Clearance by Lee Beevers.

24:50

Clearance made by Darren Carter.

24:11

Header at goal by Jacob Blyth to the left of the net.

24:00

Chris Hackett delivers the ball.

23:25

Chris Hackett makes a clearance.

22:49

James Jennings takes a shot.

22:12

The ball is sent over by Sam Clucas.

21:51

Ben Hutchinson crosses the ball.

21:23

Free kick taken by Matt Duke.

20:43

Kevin Amankwaah fouled by James Jennings, the ref awards a free kick.

19:43

Clearance by Joe Widdowson.

19:02

The ball is swung over by Lee Beevers.

18:18

Joe Widdowson makes a clearance.

17:32

Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

17:20

Ian Morris concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Beevers.

16:46

Ian Morris takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.

16:07

Clive Platt heads at goal.

15:56

Ian Morris produces a cross.

15:15

A cross is delivered by Calvin Andrew.

15:04

Joe Widdowson manages to make a clearance.

13:56

Header at goal by Calvin Andrew. Matt Duke catches the ball.

13:40

Free kick taken by Ben Hutchinson.

13:29

Calvin Andrew fouled by Darren Carter, the ref awards a free kick.

12:44 Substitution

Substitution Matt Heath leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Widdowson.

10:54

Clearance made by John Dempster.

10:05

Free kick taken by Matt Duke.

9:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matty Harriott by Ritchie Sutton.

9:32

Clearance by Mathias Kouo-Doumbe.

9:06

Clearance by Jacob Blyth.

8:46

Lee Collins makes a clearance.

8:35

Corner taken by James Jennings from the right by-line.

8:10

Mathias Kouo-Doumbe manages to make a clearance.

7:57

Alan Marriott takes the free kick.

7:44

Foul by Clive Platt on Ryan Tafazolli, free kick awarded.

6:26

A cross is delivered by Ian Morris.

6:10

Clearance by Ritchie Sutton.

5:21

Calvin Andrew makes a clearance.

5:11

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ian Morris.

4:07

Ben Hutchinson takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

3:39

Clearance made by Matt Heath.

3:25

The ball is swung over by Lee Beevers.

3:01

Clearance by James Jennings.

2:53

Centre by Ian Morris.

1:59

Header at goal by Clive Platt misses to the right.

1:50

The ball is delivered by Chris Hackett.

1:26

Clearance by Ryan Tafazolli.

0:00

The game begins.

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