Northampton climbed off the foot of the League Two table with victory over in-form Accrington.

Stuart Dallas struck the only goal of the game as his low angled drive beat Marcus Bettinelli in the Stanley goal.

The hosts should have made the game safe but on-loan striker Izale McLeod had his penalty saved after he had been brought down by Michael Liddle.

McLeod then hit the bar late on for the Cobblers while Peter Murphy missed the target from close range for Stanley.

The defeat ends Stanley's eight-game unbeaten run and sees Northampton climb above Torquay at the bottom of League Two.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Northampton manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

"The [Clive] Platt and [Izale] McLeod partnership looked really healthy. We scored a goal and we could've had another one with the penalty.

"We're still a bit nervy and they're top of the form table but we weathered it.

"We did what we had to do. It was a very important result. You look at the table and another couple of good results could see us into mid-table.

"Once you get there, you take it from there. But it looks better than it did."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 02 Amankwaah
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 17 Deegan (Morris - 82' )
  • 18 Reid
  • 27 Kouo-Doumbe
  • 29 Dallas
  • 34 Ravenhill
  • 39 McLeod (Norris - 77' )
  • 09 Platt (Blyth - 71' )
  • 19 Emerton

Substitutes

  • 04 Carter
  • 06 Collins
  • 07 Demontagnac
  • 08 Morris
  • 21 McNamara
  • 25 Blyth
  • 33 Norris

Accrington Stanley

  • 26 Bettinelli
  • 16 Hunt
  • 03 Liddle
  • 02 Murphy
  • 05 Aldred
  • 06 Winnard
  • 11 Naismith
  • 04 Joyce
  • 09 Webber (Gray - 70' )
  • 24 Odejayi
  • 15 Mingoia (Hatfield - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Dunbavin
  • 08 Richardson
  • 10 Hatfield
  • 17 Gray
  • 19 Wilson
  • 20 Windass
  • 44 Bowerman
Ref: David Phillips
Att: 4,092

Match Stats

Shots

7 9

On target

3 2

Corners

4 9

Fouls

12 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Accrington Stanley 0.

90:00 +4:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Accrington Stanley 0.

90:00 +0:02

Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:02

Foul by Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town).

87:12

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Kevin Amankwaah.

85:30

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Joe Widdowson.

81:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Ian Morris replaces Gary Deegan.

80:46

Attempt missed. Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

78:31

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Richard Ravenhill.

77:47

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Dean Winnard.

77:37

Attempt blocked. Luke Norris (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

76:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Luke Norris replaces Izale McLeod.

76:50

Foul by Nicky Hunt (Accrington Stanley).

76:50

Izale McLeod (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

76:08

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Paul Reid.

73:05

Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:05

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

71:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Will Hatfield replaces Piero Mingoia.

70:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Jacob Blyth replaces Clive Platt.

69:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. James Gray replaces Danny Webber.

64:02

Foul by Nicky Hunt (Accrington Stanley).

64:02

Clive Platt (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:53

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Nicky Hunt.

59:39

Izale McLeod (Northampton Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

57:57

Attempt blocked. Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

57:11

Attempt saved. Danny Webber (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

54:56

Foul by Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley).

54:56

Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:43

Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

50:48

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Richard Ravenhill.

50:29

Attempt blocked. Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

49:53

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

49:42

Attempt blocked. Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

49:04

Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:04

Foul by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town).

47:13

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Richard Ravenhill.

45:00

Second Half begins Northampton Town 1, Accrington Stanley 0.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Accrington Stanley 0.

45:00 +0:49

Attempt blocked. Danny Webber (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

44:33

Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:33

Foul by Clive Platt (Northampton Town).

40:16

Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:16

Foul by Gary Deegan (Northampton Town).

39:44

Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:44

Foul by Kevin Amankwaah (Northampton Town).

36:37

Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:37

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

35:43

Penalty saved! Izale McLeod (Northampton Town) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

34:35

Penalty conceded by Michael Liddle (Accrington Stanley) after a foul in the penalty area.

34:35

Penalty Northampton Town. Izale McLeod draws a foul in the penalty area.

32:48

Attempt missed. Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

31:36

Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:36

Foul by Paul Reid (Northampton Town).

29:34

Foul by Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley).

29:34

Paul Reid (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 1, Accrington Stanley 0. Stuart Dallas (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

21:26

Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:26

Foul by Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town).

20:08

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Michael Liddle.

18:53

Attempt missed. Danny Webber (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

17:22

Attempt saved. Stuart Dallas (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

14:47

Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:47

Foul by Kevin Amankwaah (Northampton Town).

14:08

Attempt missed. Kevin Amankwaah (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

13:20

Hand ball by Michael Liddle (Accrington Stanley).

7:50

Dean Winnard (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:50

Foul by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town).

7:13

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

5:42

Attempt saved. Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

4:50

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Joe Widdowson.

4:10

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Kevin Amankwaah.

2:52

Foul by Clive Platt (Northampton Town).

2:52

Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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