Bottom club Northampton Town claimed a vital win over League Two play-off hopefuls Hartlepool.

John Marquis volleyed over the bar and Emile Sinclair got an overhead attempt on goal before Mathias Kouo-Doumbe nodded the hosts in front.

Chris Hackett whipped the ball in for Brennan Dickenson to make it 2-0 with a close-range header after the break.

Simon Walton fired against the post in response, and Luke Williams tested home keeper Matt Duke late on.

The visitors, who stay ninth in the table but slip seven points behind Southend in the play-off places, also suffered an injury blow after defender Michael Duckworth was stretchered off on 11 minutes. Duckworth will be undergoing scans in the coming days to uncover the extent of his injury.

Despite Northampton's triumph, their second in five games since manager Chris Wilder's appointment last month, they remain five points away from safety following Wycombe's 1-0 win against Chesterfield.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder tells BBC Radio Northampton:

"I think everybody has got to enjoy results like this, especially when they haven't been great this season.

"It's not New Year's Eve, I'm not going to be partying at home until two in the morning, but I'll certainly feel good about my weekend and I hope the supporters do too.

"You have to enjoy your wins and I'm happy that we look as if we've given ourselves a fighting chance with a performance like this.

"There's a third of the season to go and a lot of points to play for."

Hartlepool manager Colin Cooper told BBC Tees:

"To let them get their noses in front before half-time really gave them something to cling onto and fight for. They did that in the second half, and without being clever they just tried to pin us back.

"After Michael's [Duckworth's] injury the whole day was a little bit flat for us. He said he heard a snap or a pop, which is a worrying thing. Thankfully, there is no serious damage as yet - there is no major damage to the bone which is good.

"But the extent of soft tissue [damage] we will probably not know until Monday or Tuesday. The positive thing is that he has been to hospital and comes back on the team coach, which I'm pleased about."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 02 McSweeney
  • 03 Widdowson (Robertson - 67' )
  • 34 Ravenhill
  • 23 Diamond
  • 27 Kouo-Doumbe
  • 11 Hackett
  • 04 Carter
  • 09 Marquis Booked (Deegan - 86' )
  • 07 Sinclair (Connell - 67' )
  • 35 Dickenson

Substitutes

  • 08 Morris
  • 12 Tozer
  • 13 Snedker
  • 17 Deegan
  • 18 Connell
  • 25 German
  • 29 Robertson

Hartlepool United

  • 01 Flinders
  • 21 Duckworth (Richards - 11' )
  • 22 Holden Booked
  • 08 Walton Booked
  • 35 Burgess
  • 05 Collins
  • 38 Walker
  • 18 Williams Booked
  • 33 James
  • 09 Harewood (Franks - 66' )
  • 12 Barmby (Compton - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Franks
  • 10 Poole
  • 11 Monkhouse
  • 13 Rafferty
  • 14 Compton
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 19 Richards
Ref: Darren Bond
Att: 4,083

Match Stats

Shots

12 8

On target

3 3

Corners

4 7

Fouls

16 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Northampton Town 2, Hartlepool United 0.

90:00 +5:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Northampton Town 2, Hartlepool United 0.

90:00 +3:38

Attempt blocked. Alan Connell (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +3:12

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

90:00 +3:12

Foul by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).

90:00 +1:06

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Richard Ravenhill.

88:54

Delay in match Luke Williams (Hartlepool United) because of an injury.

85:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Gary Deegan replaces John Marquis.

85:16 Booking

Booking Luke Williams (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

85:00

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

85:00

Foul by Luke Williams (Hartlepool United).

84:19

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Matt Duke.

84:05

Attempt saved. Luke Williams (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

83:21

Attempt missed. Alan Connell (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

81:50

Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

81:50

Luke Williams (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:02

Attempt missed. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

76:57

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Jordan Richards.

76:14

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

76:14

Foul by Brad Walker (Hartlepool United).

75:51

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town).

75:51

Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:12

Attempt missed. Alan Connell (Northampton Town) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

74:25

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

73:20 Booking

Booking Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

73:05

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

73:05

Foul by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).

71:25 Booking

Booking John Marquis (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

71:14

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

71:14

Sam Collins (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:33

Attempt missed. Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

68:59

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

68:28

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

68:28

Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Alan Connell replaces Emile Sinclair.

66:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Gregor Robertson replaces Joe Widdowson because of an injury.

65:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jonathan Franks replaces Marlon Harewood.

65:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jack Compton replaces Jack Barmby.

63:41

Attempt saved. Luke Williams (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

62:00

Foul by Zander Diamond (Northampton Town).

62:00

Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:12

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

61:12

Foul by Brad Walker (Hartlepool United).

60:51

Attempt saved. Luke Williams (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

57:20

Foul by Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town).

57:20

Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:57

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Leon McSweeney.

54:04

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Richard Ravenhill.

53:48

Foul by Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town).

53:48

Luke James (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:52

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Simon Walton.

52:30

Attempt blocked. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

51:21

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

51:21

Foul by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).

49:28

Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

47:52

Foul by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town).

47:52

Jack Barmby (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:28

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

47:28

Foul by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).

46:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 2, Hartlepool United 0. Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Hackett.

45:48

Attempt missed. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Northampton Town 1, Hartlepool United 0.

45:00 +7:37 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Hartlepool United 0.

45:00 +7:25

Attempt missed. Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

45:00 +6:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 1, Hartlepool United 0. Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) header from very close range to the bottom right corner.

45:00 +4:30 Booking

Booking Darren Holden (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +4:08

Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +4:08

Foul by Darren Holden (Hartlepool United).

45:00 +1:11

Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +1:11

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

44:49

Luke James (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

44:49

Foul by Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town).

44:02

Foul by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).

44:02

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

42:26

Foul by Luke James (Hartlepool United).

42:26

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

38:35

Attempt saved. Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

37:38

Foul by Brad Walker (Hartlepool United).

37:38

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

34:34

Foul by Luke James (Hartlepool United).

34:34

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

31:52

Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:52

Foul by Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town).

31:29

Attempt missed. John Marquis (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

30:35

Foul by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).

30:35

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

28:07

Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

28:07

Foul by Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town).

27:52

Foul by Luke James (Hartlepool United).

27:52

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

27:00

Foul by Sam Collins (Hartlepool United).

27:00

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

26:41

Foul by Luke Williams (Hartlepool United).

26:41

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

24:37

Luke Williams (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:37

Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

20:09

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Joe Widdowson.

19:49

Attempt blocked. Luke Williams (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

18:55

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Jordan Richards.

17:57

Attempt missed. Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

16:21

Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:21

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

13:38

Sam Collins (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:38

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

11:44

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

10:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jordan Richards replaces Michael Duckworth because of an injury.

5:54

Delay in match Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) because of an injury.

4:31

Foul by Luke Williams (Hartlepool United).

4:31

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

3:54

Attempt missed. Luke Williams (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

3:23

Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:23

Foul by Zander Diamond (Northampton Town).

1:24

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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