Northampton stayed in the League Two drop zone despite beating Accrington.

The Cobblers scored the only goal of the game after four minutes when Chris Hackett latched on to a long ball and finished from a tight angle.

Stanley's James Gray put an effort wide, before Emile Sinclair's shot at the other end was blocked by defender Tom Aldred.

Visiting keeper Matt Duke had to make a superb injury-time stop to deny Kayode Odejayi and secure the points.

Chris Wilder's side remain in the bottom two despite the win after positive results for fellow strugglers Wycombe and Portsmouth and a draw for Bristol Rovers.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

"There's been a lot of talking over the last few games. That had to stop and we've done our talking on the pitch today.

"We aren't playing with a huge amount of confidence but we had to find a way to win and today we've done that.

"If it has to go to the last game, we'll take it there. We've given ourselves a fighting chance."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Accrington Stanley

  • 26 Bettinelli
  • 16 Hunt
  • 23 Buxton
  • 02 Murphy
  • 05 Aldred
  • 06 Winnard
  • 10 Hatfield (Mingoia - 78' )
  • 04 Joyce
  • 24 Odejayi
  • 17 Gray Booked (Naismith - 78' )
  • 13 Molyneux

Substitutes

  • 03 Liddle
  • 09 Webber
  • 11 Naismith
  • 15 Mingoia
  • 20 Windass
  • 25 Atkinson
  • 44 Bowerman

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke Booked
  • 02 McSweeney Booked
  • 25 Horwood
  • 04 Carter Booked
  • 27 Kouo-Doumbe Booked
  • 23 Diamond
  • 11 Hackett (Tozer - 79' )
  • 34 Ravenhill
  • 07 Sinclair (Connell - 70' )
  • 09 Marquis
  • 08 Morris

Substitutes

  • 12 Tozer
  • 13 Snedker
  • 17 Deegan
  • 18 Connell
  • 24 Toney
  • 29 Robertson
  • 35 Dickenson
Ref: Fred Graham
Att: 1,616

Match Stats

Shots

14 7

On target

2 4

Corners

7 3

Fouls

6 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Northampton Town 1.

90:00 +4:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Northampton Town 1.

90:00 +3:41

Attempt missed. Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

90:00 +2:57 Booking

Booking Matt Duke (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:06 Booking

Booking Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:01

Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:01

Foul by Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town).

90:00

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Evan Horwood.

88:58

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Matt Duke.

88:45

Attempt saved. Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

87:42

Attempt missed. Nicky Hunt (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

87:07

Hand ball by Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town).

85:26

Attempt saved. John Marquis (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

84:15

Attempt missed. Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

83:55

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

83:30 Booking

Booking Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

83:23

Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:23

Foul by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town).

78:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Ben Tozer replaces Chris Hackett.

77:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Kal Naismith replaces James Gray.

77:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Piero Mingoia replaces Will Hatfield.

74:55

Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:55

Foul by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town).

72:53

James Gray (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:53

Foul by Zander Diamond (Northampton Town).

72:34

Attempt blocked. John Marquis (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

69:53 Substitution

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

67:53

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Darren Carter.

67:11

James Gray (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:11

Foul by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town).

65:32

Attempt missed. Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

62:23

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Leon McSweeney.

62:14

Attempt blocked. Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

59:00

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Dean Winnard.

49:09

Foul by Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley).

49:09

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

47:52

Attempt missed. Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

47:05

Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:05

Foul by Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town).

46:00

Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:48

Foul by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town).

45:00

Second Half begins Accrington Stanley 0, Northampton Town 1.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Northampton Town 1.

45:00 +1:41

Attempt blocked. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

45:00 +1:06

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Dean Winnard.

45:00 +0:56

Attempt blocked. Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

35:34

Attempt missed. Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

32:53

Attempt missed. James Gray (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

29:24

Attempt saved. John Marquis (Northampton Town) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

28:31

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Dean Winnard.

28:13

Foul by Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley).

28:13

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

26:55

Attempt missed. Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from long range on the left is too high.

24:08

Foul by James Gray (Accrington Stanley).

24:08

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

23:36

Attempt saved. James Gray (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

20:50 Booking

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

20:44

Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:44

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

19:07

Dean Winnard (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:07

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

17:04 Booking

Booking James Gray (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

17:00

Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:46

Dangerous play by James Gray (Accrington Stanley).

13:46

Attempt missed. Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

12:42

Attempt missed. Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right.

12:01

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

10:44

Hand ball by Luke Joyce (Accrington Stanley).

9:11

John Marquis (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:11

Foul by Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley).

6:13

Attempt missed. Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

3:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Accrington Stanley 0, Northampton Town 1. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Zander Diamond.

1:44

Attempt saved. Evan Horwood (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

1:02

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Zander Diamond.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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