Reuben Reid's 14th goal of the season helped Plymouth end a run of four games without a win as they beat Northampton, who remain bottom of League Two.

Argyle opened the scoring when Reid pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area to fire past goalkeeper Matt Duke.

The lead was doubled when Lewis Alessandra saw his wind-assisted cross from a tight angle end up in the net.

The hosts' best chance came direct from a Chris Hackett corner that caught the wind but Jake Cole made a superb save.

The win is Plymouth's first success at Sixfields and lifts them to 10th in the table, while Northampton remain six points adrift at the foot of the table.

Argyle, with a strong wind at their backs in the first half, started strongly and after Jason Banton's effort had been blocked, Reid fired home to open the scoring.

Banton and Neil Trotman had chances to increase the lead before Alessandra celebrated his 25th birthday by doubling Plymouth's advantage.

The Cobblers, playing at home for the first time under new boss Chris Wilder, went close through Alan Connell but were unable to find a route back into the match.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

"The last two weeks have been ridiculous conditions but we've got to do better defensively. The goals that we've conceded are really poor.

"There were good performances from Alan Connell and Brennan Dickenson, and there were some decent aspects of the game, but we gave ourselves a mountain to climb.

"There might be one or two of the lads who aren't involved going out, but there won't many changes now. We have to work ridiculously hard in this next period to bed down."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (2)

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 02 McSweeney
  • 03 Widdowson Booked
  • 34 Ravenhill
  • 06 Collins (German - 68' )
  • 27 Kouo-Doumbe
  • 11 Hackett
  • 04 Carter
  • 18 Connell
  • 07 Sinclair
  • 35 Dickenson

Substitutes

  • 08 Morris
  • 10 O'Donovan
  • 12 Tozer
  • 13 Snedker
  • 17 Deegan
  • 25 German
  • 29 Robertson

Plymouth Argyle

  • 01 Cole
  • 04 Blanchard
  • 25 Purrington
  • 06 Hourihane
  • 16 Trotman
  • 17 Nelson
  • 08 Boco
  • 11 Blizzard
  • 20 Banton (Harvey - 71' )
  • 09 Reid
  • 07 Alessandra

Substitutes

  • 14 Young
  • 15 Wotton
  • 18 Harvey
  • 19 Thomas
  • 22 Richards
  • 24 Vassell
  • 32 Dawson
Ref: Nigel Miller
Att: 4,845

Match Stats

Shots

7 9

On target

2 4

Corners

6 5

Fouls

9 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Plymouth Argyle 2.

90:00 +3:17 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Plymouth Argyle 2.

90:00 +0:11

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

88:33

Attempt missed. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

87:41

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

85:00

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

83:12

Attempt missed. Tyler Harvey (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

81:02 Booking

Booking Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

81:00

Romuald Boco (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:56

Foul by Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town).

79:15

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

79:15

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

77:02

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town).

77:02

Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:48

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Maxime Blanchard.

72:18

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Dominic Blizzard.

72:00

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

70:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Tyler Harvey replaces Jason Banton.

67:50

Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

67:50

Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

67:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Antonio German replaces Lee Collins.

65:00

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

64:58

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

63:02

Foul by Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town).

63:02

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

61:16

Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:16

Foul by Jason Banton (Plymouth Argyle).

59:51

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

59:51

Foul by Jason Banton (Plymouth Argyle).

59:09

Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:03

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

56:03

Foul by Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town).

56:03

Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:15

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

55:15

Foul by Dominic Blizzard (Plymouth Argyle).

54:19

Foul by Alan Connell (Northampton Town).

54:19

Dominic Blizzard (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:45

Attempt saved. Alan Connell (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

50:05

Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:05

Foul by Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle).

49:36

Attempt missed. Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

45:30

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

45:00

Second Half begins Northampton Town 0, Plymouth Argyle 2.

45:00 +1:41 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Plymouth Argyle 2.

45:00 +1:26

Foul by Alan Connell (Northampton Town).

45:00 +1:26

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

45:00 +0:21

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ben Purrington.

44:40

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

44:40

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

38:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 0, Plymouth Argyle 2. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jason Banton.

38:20

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Chris Hackett.

36:20

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town).

36:20

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

35:00

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

34:59

Foul by Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle).

34:09

Attempt missed. Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

30:16

Attempt missed. Dominic Blizzard (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

26:48

Attempt missed. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

21:50

Foul by Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle).

21:50

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

20:30

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

16:43

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Maxime Blanchard.

14:31

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Matt Duke.

14:20

Attempt saved. Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

13:19

Attempt missed. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

12:18

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Matt Duke.

11:57

Attempt saved. Jason Banton (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

11:15

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Neal Trotman.

7:05

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Maxime Blanchard.

4:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 0, Plymouth Argyle 1. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jason Banton.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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