Chesterfield moved into the automatic promotion places with a win in dreadful conditions at bottom side Northampton.

Darren Carter had the Cobblers ahead from the penalty spot early on after keeper Tommy Lee fouled Hallam Hope.

But a quickly taken Spireites free-kick let Dan Gardner rifle home an equaliser from a tight angle on his full debut.

Gary Roberts then delightfully chipped the keeper to put the visitors ahead before Armand Gnanduillet's low strike compounded the hosts' misery.

Substitute Gnanduillet's goal from Ian Evatt's pass settled the contest with Northampton pressing for an equaliser, having already come close when Hope's scrambled effort was cleared off the line by Richie Humphreys.

Paul Cook's Chesterfield appeared to cope much better at a damp, wet Sixfields as they inflicted a third straight home defeat on the Cobblers, who are now six points adrift of safety.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 33 Hurst (Morris - 64' )
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 12 Tozer
  • 06 Collins
  • 23 McGinty
  • 32 Blair
  • 17 Deegan (Hooper - 75' )
  • 29 Hope
  • 25 German
  • 04 Carter (O'Donovan - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Demontagnac
  • 08 Morris
  • 10 O'Donovan
  • 13 Snedker
  • 16 Hooper
  • 26 Harriott
  • 27 Kouo-Doumbe

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 07 Darikwa Booked
  • 15 Humphreys
  • 12 Ryan
  • 23 Evatt
  • 06 Cooper
  • 26 Gardner Booked (O'Shea - 75' )
  • 05 Morsy
  • 17 Doyle (Hird - 83' )
  • 02 Banks (Gnanduillet - 64' )
  • 11 Roberts

Substitutes

  • 03 Smith
  • 04 Hird
  • 08 Togwell
  • 10 O'Shea
  • 21 Gnanduillet
  • 22 Brown
  • 35 Dunbavin
Ref: Graham Horwood
Att: 5,082

Match Stats

Shots

5 7

On target

2 3

Corners

5 6

Fouls

7 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Chesterfield 3.

90:00 +3:34 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Chesterfield 3.

90:00 +3:07

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Liam Cooper.

90:00 +2:40

Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

90:00 +2:40

JJ Hooper (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:28

Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:28

Foul by Ben Tozer (Northampton Town).

90:00 +0:18

Attempt blocked. Antonio German (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

89:11

Foul by Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield).

89:11

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

87:58

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tendayi Darikwa.

86:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 1, Chesterfield 3. Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ian Evatt.

83:41

Tendayi Darikwa (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:41

Foul by JJ Hooper (Northampton Town).

82:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Sam Hird replaces Eoin Doyle.

81:58 Booking

Booking Tendayi Darikwa (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.

81:41

Foul by Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield).

81:41

Matty Blair (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:52

Attempt blocked. Matty Blair (Northampton Town) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

74:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Jay O'Shea replaces Dan Gardner.

74:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. JJ Hooper replaces Gary Deegan.

71:44

Attempt blocked. Dan Gardner (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

71:09

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Joe Widdowson.

67:13

Tendayi Darikwa (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:13

Foul by Roy O'Donovan (Northampton Town).

65:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Roy O'Donovan replaces Darren Carter.

65:08

Foul by Liam Cooper (Chesterfield).

65:08

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

63:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Ian Morris replaces James Hurst.

63:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Armand Gnanduillet replaces Oliver Banks.

59:45

Foul by Dan Gardner (Chesterfield).

59:45

Hallam Hope (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:58

Attempt blocked. Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

56:23

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Joe Widdowson.

55:33 Booking

Booking Dan Gardner (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.

55:19

Foul by Dan Gardner (Chesterfield).

55:19

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

52:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 1, Chesterfield 2. Gary Roberts (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Dan Gardner.

49:30

Hand ball by Gary Deegan (Northampton Town).

48:27

Attempt saved. James Hurst (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

46:06

Foul by Dan Gardner (Chesterfield).

46:06

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

45:00

Second Half begins Northampton Town 1, Chesterfield 1.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Chesterfield 1.

45:00 +1:41

Foul by Sam Morsy (Chesterfield).

45:00 +1:41

Gary Deegan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:27

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tendayi Darikwa.

40:00

Hallam Hope (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:55

Foul by Liam Cooper (Chesterfield).

38:47

Foul by Oliver Banks (Chesterfield).

38:47

Gary Deegan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:27

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tendayi Darikwa.

33:15

Foul by Gary Roberts (Chesterfield).

33:15

Gary Deegan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:44

Dan Gardner (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:44

Foul by Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town).

24:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 1, Chesterfield 1. Dan Gardner (Chesterfield) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the top right corner. Assisted by Sam Morsy.

23:48

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

23:48

Ian Evatt (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:03

Attempt missed. Dan Gardner (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

19:43

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Joe Widdowson.

18:38

Attempt blocked. Matty Blair (Northampton Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

14:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 1, Chesterfield 0. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

14:00

Penalty conceded by Thomas Lee (Chesterfield) after a foul in the penalty area.

14:00

Penalty Northampton Town. Hallam Hope draws a foul in the penalty area.

13:02

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tendayi Darikwa.

12:30

Foul by Sam Morsy (Chesterfield).

12:30

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

11:46

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by James Hurst.

7:43

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Sean McGinty.

4:01

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by James Hurst.

3:42

Attempt blocked. Dan Gardner (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

2:30

Foul by Gary Deegan (Northampton Town).

2:30

Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) 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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