Bottom side Northampton Town boosted their League Two survival hopes with a surprise victory at Newport County.

Newport goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley, playing with a thumb fracture, parried Hallam Hope's initial shot but the striker fired home the rebound.

County equalised when Harry Worley headed in a corner before Darren Carter's fine left-foot shot put the Cobblers ahead after the break.

Town's keeper Matt Duke denied County a draw saving a late penalty.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Post-match: Cobblers caretaker King

Northampton Town caretaker manager Andy King tells BBC Radio Northampton:

"I thought the front two were magnificent. German showed pace and energy. Hallam Hope hasn't been out on loan before, so it was new to him, but he scored a goal.

"If Darren Carter plays like that, he's my kind of player. And I didn't get a left-back in because I wanted to make a place for Ben Tozer. He deserved to be in the team.

"I thought we deserved some luck. We've been on a bad run. They earned it, but it wasn't a lucky result.

"I've always really been a manager but there's been no discussion (about full-time job). We know they've probably spoken to people. I've made their choice harder but I've made it easier for the man coming in, if there's another choice, because there's a chance of getting Northampton out of this position."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Newport County

  • 01 Pidgeley
  • 02 Pipe
  • 12 Willmott
  • 19 Naylor
  • 22 Worley
  • 06 Yakubu (Burge - 72' )
  • 17 Flynn (Minshull - 64' )
  • 13 Sandell Booked
  • 09 Crow
  • 23 Jolley Booked (Washington - 64' )
  • 07 Chapman Booked

Substitutes

  • 04 Porter
  • 05 James
  • 08 Minshull
  • 14 Washington
  • 15 Burge
  • 18 Jackson
  • 20 Oshilaja

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 02 Amankwaah
  • 19 Emerton (Moyo - 26' )
  • 18 Reid Booked
  • 06 Collins
  • 12 Tozer
  • 11 Hackett Booked
  • 04 Carter Booked
  • 29 Hope (Harriott - 77' )
  • 25 German (Toney - 89' )
  • 17 Deegan

Substitutes

  • 07 Demontagnac
  • 16 Hooper
  • 20 Moyo
  • 24 Toney
  • 26 Harriott
  • 28 Roberts
  • 31 Heath
Ref: Fred Graham
Att: 3,864

Match Stats

Shots

17 10

On target

9 4

Corners

11 6

Fouls

11 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Newport County 1, Northampton Town 2.

90:00 +5:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Newport County 1, Northampton Town 2.

90:00 +3:26

Attempt missed. Andy Sandell (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

90:00 +2:15

Attempt missed. Tom Naylor (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

90:00 +2:01

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Paul Reid.

90:00 +0:09

Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

90:00 +0:09

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

88:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Ivan Toney replaces Antonio German.

88:19

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Matt Duke.

88:00

Penalty saved! Andy Sandell (Newport County) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

87:14

Penalty Newport County. David Pipe draws a foul in the penalty area.

87:14

Penalty conceded by Lee Collins (Northampton Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

85:24 Booking

Booking Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

85:04

Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) has gone down, but that's a dive.

83:30

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Darren Carter.

82:22

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Paul Reid.

80:22

Attempt missed. Gary Deegan (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

79:15 Booking

Booking Andy Sandell (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

79:07

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

79:07

Antonio German (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:28

Hand ball by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

77:46

Attempt missed. Conor Washington (Newport County) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

76:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Matthew Harriott replaces Hallam Hope.

75:16

Attempt saved. Danny Crow (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

73:38

Attempt missed. David Moyo (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

72:49

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Harry Worley.

72:40

Attempt blocked. David Moyo (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

71:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Ryan Burge replaces Ismail Yakubu.

71:32 Booking

Booking Paul Reid (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

71:22

Lee Minshull (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:22

Foul by Paul Reid (Northampton Town).

69:51

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

69:51

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

68:04

Attempt missed. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

66:37

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

66:37

Lee Collins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

64:13

Foul by Harry Worley (Newport County).

64:13

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

63:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Conor Washington replaces Christian Jolley.

63:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Lee Minshull replaces Michael Flynn.

63:17

Michael Flynn (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:17

Foul by Paul Reid (Northampton Town).

62:11

Attempt blocked. Paul Reid (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

61:32

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tom Naylor.

59:14

Robbie Willmott (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:14

Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

58:31

Attempt saved. Michael Flynn (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

58:00

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Kevin Amankwaah.

56:39

Danny Crow (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:39

Foul by Paul Reid (Northampton Town).

52:25

Delay in match Robbie Willmott (Newport County) because of an injury.

51:07

Attempt saved. Paul Reid (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

50:56

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Adam Chapman.

50:22

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ismail Yakubu.

49:30

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Paul Reid.

49:05

Attempt saved. Adam Chapman (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

48:36

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Lee Collins.

47:03 Booking

Booking Darren Carter (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

46:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 1, Northampton Town 2. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

45:50

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Harry Worley.

45:00

Second Half begins Newport County 1, Northampton Town 1.

45:00 +2:27 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Newport County 1, Northampton Town 1.

45:00 +1:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 1, Northampton Town 1. Harry Worley (Newport County) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner following a corner.

45:00 +1:45

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Matt Duke.

45:00 +1:29

Attempt saved. Harry Worley (Newport County) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00 +1:01

Danny Crow (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +1:01

Foul by Lee Collins (Northampton Town).

45:00 +0:27

Attempt saved. Andy Sandell (Newport County) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00 +0:09

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Kevin Amankwaah.

44:24

Harry Worley (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:24

Foul by Antonio German (Northampton Town).

43:57

Attempt missed. Christian Jolley (Newport County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

43:31

Attempt saved. Adam Chapman (Newport County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

42:31

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tom Naylor.

40:56 Booking

Booking Christian Jolley (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

40:50

Foul by Christian Jolley (Newport County).

40:50

Kevin Amankwaah (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:40

Attempt saved. Danny Crow (Newport County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

38:08

Attempt missed. Hallam Hope (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

35:52

David Pipe (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:52

Foul by David Moyo (Northampton Town).

34:24

Foul by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

34:24

Kevin Amankwaah (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

33:18

Attempt saved. Hallam Hope (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

32:35

Adam Chapman (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:35

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

29:59

Attempt missed. Michael Flynn (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

28:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newport County 0, Northampton Town 1. Hallam Hope (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

28:01

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Antonio German.

27:28

Christian Jolley (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

27:28

Foul by Ben Tozer (Northampton Town).

25:49

Foul by Danny Crow (Newport County).

25:49

Lee Collins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. David Moyo replaces Danny Emerton.

12:53

Foul by Robbie Willmott (Newport County).

12:53

Paul Reid (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

11:32

Antonio German (Northampton Town) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

10:27

Attempt missed. Adam Chapman (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

9:45

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Ben Tozer.

7:49

Foul by Danny Crow (Newport County).

7:49

Ben Tozer (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:47

Hand ball by Andy Sandell (Newport County).

5:06

Attempt missed. Robbie Willmott (Newport County) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is high and wide to the right.

3:10

Foul by Antonio German (Northampton Town).

3:10

Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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