Plymouth sealed back-to-back league wins for the first time this season as Lewis Alessandra's late goal condemned Northampton to the bottom of the table.

Argyle defender Curtis Nelson went close at both ends in the first half, heading onto his own post before forcing a good save from Matt Duke.

Luke Norris went closest for the Cobblers, but Pilgrims goalkeeper Luke McCormick made a magnificent save.

Alessandra sealed the win as he took a deft Reuben Reid pass and slotted home.

The goal had been coming for Argyle, who still have the worst scoring record in League Two, with Reid and Alessandra both having gone close before the 90th-minute winner.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Plymouth Argyle manager John Sheridan told BBC Radio Devon:

"Just after half-time they had a little spell where we got a bit sloppy and Luke McCormick's had one or two shots to save, which I didn't really like the look of, but after that I thought we created lots and lots of chances.

"The goal to win the game was an excellent move. Youngy's (Luke Young) come on, and I like my subs sometimes to come on and change the game, and I think Youngy's just played four or five passes, which no-one really did in the whole game.

"We're just getting on a little run. Clean sheets are a good habit but our problem has been scoring goals, and the pleasing thing is we could've scored three or four."

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd tells BBC Radio Northampton:

"It's sickening, and I need to make some changes. It's not acceptable.

"I am really irritated by what I've seen in that last five minutes. You do not concede in the last few minutes.

"There's no point in doing half a job, preparing like we do, working hard all week and then throwing it all out the window because we're not disciplined enough to win a game.

"I'm extremely annoyed at some of the players and I need to do something about it. These players are good enough and yet we are languishing where we are."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (3)

Plymouth Argyle

  • 23 McCormick
  • 02 Berry
  • 28 Reckord
  • 05 Branston Booked (Young - 76' )
  • 16 Trotman Booked
  • 04 Blanchard
  • 08 Boco (Hayes - 81' )
  • 06 Hourihane
  • 09 Reid (Harvey - 94' )
  • 07 Alessandra
  • 17 Nelson

Substitutes

  • 01 Cole
  • 03 Blackman
  • 14 Young
  • 18 Harvey
  • 19 Hayes
  • 20 Bencherif
  • 27 Gurrieri

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 06 Collins Booked
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 08 Morris
  • 18 Reid
  • 27 Kouo-Doumbe
  • 11 Hackett
  • 04 Carter
  • 33 Norris
  • 32 Ferdinand
  • 29 Dallas

Substitutes

  • 07 Demontagnac
  • 12 Tozer
  • 17 Deegan
  • 19 Emerton
  • 21 McNamara
  • 24 Toney
  • 26 Harriott
Ref: Trevor Kettle
Att: 6,547

Match Stats

Shots

14 11

On target

7 1

Corners

6 5

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 1, Northampton Town 0.

90:00 +5:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 1, Northampton Town 0.

90:00 +4:01

Attempt missed. Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

90:00 +3:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Tyler Harvey replaces Reuben Reid.

90:00 +3:06

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

90:00 +3:06

Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Plymouth Argyle 1, Northampton Town 0. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Reuben Reid.

88:46

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

88:14

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Matt Duke.

88:00

Attempt saved. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

86:55

Attempt missed. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

85:11

Attempt missed. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

83:36

Attempt blocked. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

82:47 Booking

Booking Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

82:36

Foul by Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle).

82:36

Luke Norris (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:50

Attempt missed. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

80:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Paul Hayes replaces Romuald Boco.

75:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Luke Young replaces Guy Branston.

73:58

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Conor Hourihane.

73:27 Booking

Booking Guy Branston (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

73:14

Foul by Guy Branston (Plymouth Argyle).

73:14

Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:28

Attempt missed. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

71:44

Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:44

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

71:15

Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

70:20

Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:20

Foul by Paul Reid (Northampton Town).

67:40

Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

67:40

Foul by Kane Ferdinand (Northampton Town).

65:37 Booking

Booking Lee Collins (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

65:21

Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:21

Foul by Lee Collins (Northampton Town).

63:56

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Matt Duke.

63:44

Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

62:02

Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:02

Foul by Paul Reid (Northampton Town).

61:37

Foul by Jamie Reckord (Plymouth Argyle).

61:37

Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:17

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

58:10

Attempt missed. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

57:32

Jamie Reckord (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:32

Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

55:01

Attempt missed. Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

54:37

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Matt Duke.

51:09

Attempt saved. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

50:00

Jamie Reckord (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:58

Foul by Luke Norris (Northampton Town).

48:54

Hand ball by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

48:31

Attempt missed. Luke Norris (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

46:41

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Luke McCormick.

46:12

Attempt saved. Luke Norris (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Plymouth Argyle 0, Northampton Town 0.

45:00 +2:23 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 0, Northampton Town 0.

45:00 +1:23

Attempt missed. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

45:00 +1:06

Attempt saved. Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00 +0:21

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Lee Collins.

41:44

Attempt missed. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

40:42

Attempt missed. Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) header from very close range is too high.

40:10

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Neal Trotman.

33:38

Attempt missed. Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

33:13

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Matt Duke.

32:56

Attempt saved. Jamie Reckord (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

31:43

Foul by Lee Collins (Northampton Town).

31:43

Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:10

Foul by Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle).

29:10

Darren Carter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:44

Attempt blocked. Romuald Boco (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

23:41

Hand ball by Romuald Boco (Plymouth Argyle).

21:29

Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

21:29

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

18:16

Foul by Romuald Boco (Plymouth Argyle).

18:16

Kane Ferdinand (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:42

Attempt missed. Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

16:18

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Guy Branston.

11:39

Durrell Berry (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

11:39

Foul by Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town).

10:11

Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:11

Foul by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town).

7:56

Attempt missed. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

7:24

Darren Carter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:24

Foul by Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle).

1:45

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Neal Trotman.

0:23

Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:23

Foul by Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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