Emile Sinclair's brace gave bottom-of-the-table Northampton a vital win over fellow League Two strugglers Torquay.

Sinclair's first came when he finished off a break with a low strike and he shrugged off Krystian Pearce before firing in from an angle to make it 2-0.

Pearce's volley cut the gap just before half-time, while Anthony O'Connor hit the post twice in a matter of seconds.

Torquay's Joss Labidie saw his late shot held up by the muddy pitch after an error from goalkeeper Matt Duke.

Manager Chris Hargreaves was taking charge of his first home match following three successive postponements, but his side's first-half performance lacked the urgency and aggression needed in such a key relegation clash.

The Gulls were much-improved after the break, but could not find the breakthrough as Northampton cut the gap between the two sides at the foot of the table to just three points.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder tells BBC Radio Northampton:

Post-match: Northampton manager Wilder

"We gave ourselves a chance and a platform to win the game today. We were lively at the top of the pitch and nice and solid.

"I thought the two wingers did great jobs in protecting the full-backs and Ricky Ravenhill and Darren Carter were superb.

"It has to be a group effort, from myself and the staff through to the players and supporters if we're going to succeed this year.

"It wasn't a game for the faint-hearted but everybody's got to go and compete. They've done that tonight."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Torquay United

  • 01 Poke
  • 29 O'Connor
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 06 Lathrope
  • 05 Pearce Booked
  • 17 Goodwin (O'Brien - 86' )
  • 07 Mansell
  • 18 Labadie Booked
  • 26 Benyon Booked (Hawley - 60' )
  • 19 Stockley
  • 10 Bodin (Chapell - 21' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Tonge
  • 04 Downes
  • 09 Hawley
  • 12 Chapell
  • 13 Rice
  • 21 Cruise
  • 25 O'Brien

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 02 McSweeney
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 04 Carter
  • 27 Kouo-Doumbe
  • 29 Robertson
  • 07 Sinclair (Marquis - 60' )
  • 34 Ravenhill Booked
  • 35 Dickenson (Tozer - 81' )
  • 18 Connell (German - 77' )
  • 11 Hackett

Substitutes

  • 08 Morris
  • 09 Marquis
  • 12 Tozer
  • 13 Snedker
  • 17 Deegan
  • 24 Toney
  • 25 German
Ref: Chris Sarginson
Att: 2,051

Match Stats

Shots

11 5

On target

4 3

Corners

6 3

Fouls

12 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Torquay United 1, Northampton Town 2.

90:00 +5:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Torquay United 1, Northampton Town 2.

90:00 +4:45

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

90:00 +2:00

Lee Mansell (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:55

Foul by Antonio German (Northampton Town).

89:26

Attempt saved. Joss Labadie (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

85:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Aiden O'Brien replaces Shamir Goodwin.

84:26

Attempt saved. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

84:14

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).

84:14

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

82:52

Attempt missed. Jordan Chapell (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

82:18

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Joe Widdowson.

81:53

Attempt blocked. Damon Lathrope (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

80:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Ben Tozer replaces Brennan Dickenson because of an injury.

80:26

Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:26

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

78:43

Delay in match (Torquay United).

78:28

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

78:24

Foul by Krystian Pearce (Torquay United).

78:07 Booking

Booking Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

76:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Antonio German replaces Alan Connell.

75:12

Lee Mansell (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

75:12

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town).

72:46

Attempt missed. Karl Hawley (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

71:26

Kevin Nicholson (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:26

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

69:50

Attempt missed. Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

68:36

Attempt blocked. Kevin Nicholson (Torquay United) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

68:05

Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:05

Foul by Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town).

63:28

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).

63:28

Darren Carter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Karl Hawley replaces Elliot Benyon.

59:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. John Marquis replaces Emile Sinclair.

55:58 Booking

Booking Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

55:54

Foul by Elliot Benyon (Torquay United).

55:54

Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:05

Attempt blocked. Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

54:58

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

53:27

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Chris Hackett.

53:14

Attempt blocked. Jordan Chapell (Torquay United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

52:13

Foul by Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United).

52:13

Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

51:05

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

50:12

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Kevin Nicholson.

48:23

Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

48:23

Foul by Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town).

45:00

Second Half begins Torquay United 1, Northampton Town 2.

45:00 +2:40 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Torquay United 1, Northampton Town 2.

45:00 +1:15

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

44:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Torquay United 1, Northampton Town 2. Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Chapell with a cross following a corner.

44:00

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

41:12

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).

41:12

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

40:25

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Matt Duke.

40:13

Attempt saved. Jordan Chapell (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

37:01

Foul by Elliot Benyon (Torquay United).

37:01

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

32:01 Booking

Booking Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

32:00

Joss Labadie (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:57

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

29:05

Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:05

Foul by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town).

27:54 Booking

Booking Joss Labadie (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

27:40

Foul by Kevin Nicholson (Torquay United).

27:40

Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:10

Attempt saved. Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

24:27

Hand ball by Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town).

22:12

Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:12

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

20:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Jordan Chapell replaces Billy Bodin because of an injury.

19:21

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

19:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

17:00

Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:56

Foul by Krystian Pearce (Torquay United).

15:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Torquay United 0, Northampton Town 2. Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Richard Ravenhill.

11:54

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).

11:54

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

9:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Torquay United 0, Northampton Town 1. Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

8:33

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

4:27

Foul by Damon Lathrope (Torquay United).

4:27

Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:46

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).

2:46

Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

1:39

Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:39

Foul by Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town).

0:29

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Leon McSweeney.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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