John Marquis struck to give relegation-threatened Northampton a crucial win against Burton Albion in League Two.

Marquis fired past keeper Rob Lainton at his near post before home keeper Matt Duke denied Shane Cansdell-Sherriff from close range.

Burton went close to an equaliser when Adam McGurk's effort hit the bar.

Northampton nearly doubled their lead when Chris Hackett blazed over and a fine save from replacement keeper Dean Lyness denied Marquis a second late on.

The Cobblers' first home win in six games leaves them level on goal difference with third-bottom Wycombe ahead of the two sides meeting on Friday.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

Post-match: Northampton boss Wilder

"We've done it together today and I'd like to thank the supporters for the help and backing they've given everyone on the pitch.

"It'll be a difficult game at Wycombe but hopefully we'll take a big following; we can go and win there, but we have to play well.

"Kelvin Langmead's done extremely well to get back to this stage after the injury he's been through. I like players like him, who put everything on the line for their club."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 11 Hackett (Langmead - 77' )
  • 25 Horwood
  • 29 Robertson
  • 12 Tozer
  • 02 McSweeney
  • 34 Ravenhill
  • 08 Morris Booked
  • 18 Connell Booked (Dickenson - 80' )
  • 07 Sinclair (Moyo - 84' )
  • 09 Marquis

Substitutes

  • 05 Langmead
  • 10 C. López
  • 13 Snedker
  • 17 Deegan
  • 20 Moyo
  • 24 Toney
  • 35 Dickenson

Burton Albion

  • 01 Lainton (Lyness - 45' )
  • 26 Gray
  • 02 Edwards
  • 23 Palmer
  • 25 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 06 Sharps
  • 15 McFadzean (Hemmings - 45' )
  • 08 Weir
  • 29 Kee
  • 20 McGurk
  • 17 Phillips (Alexander - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Bell
  • 09 Alexander
  • 11 MacDonald
  • 12 Hemmings
  • 16 Lyness
  • 21 Holness
  • 28 Symes
Ref: Carl Berry
Att: 4,604

Match Stats

Shots

9 9

On target

3 1

Corners

4 7

Fouls

17 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Burton Albion 0.

90:00 +3:19 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Burton Albion 0.

90:00 +2:10

Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

90:00 +1:16

Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:16

Foul by Kelvin Langmead (Northampton Town).

88:12

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town).

88:12

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:40

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Evan Horwood.

84:40

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

84:40

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. David Moyo replaces Emile Sinclair.

83:07

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

82:55

Attempt blocked. Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

81:16

Attempt missed. Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

80:59

Attempt saved. John Marquis (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

79:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Brennan Dickenson replaces Alan Connell.

76:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Kelvin Langmead replaces Chris Hackett.

73:11 Booking

Booking Alan Connell (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

72:50

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

72:50

Foul by Alan Connell (Northampton Town).

72:07

Foul by Robbie Weir (Burton Albion).

72:07

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

70:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Gary Alexander replaces Jimmy Phillips.

70:15

Ashley Hemmings (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:15

Foul by Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town).

67:06

Attempt missed. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

66:25

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Robbie Weir.

65:25

Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:25

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

64:30

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ian Sharps.

61:41

Foul by Adam McGurk (Burton Albion).

61:41

Evan Horwood (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:45

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Adam McGurk.

58:10

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Emile Sinclair.

57:46

Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) hits the bar with a left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left.

56:49

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

56:49

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

53:02

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

52:24

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Richard Ravenhill.

52:12

Attempt blocked. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

51:32

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Gregor Robertson.

50:00

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:58

Foul by Ben Tozer (Northampton Town).

48:35

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

48:35

Foul by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

47:26

Hand ball by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

45:00

Second Half begins Northampton Town 1, Burton Albion 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Ashley Hemmings replaces Callum McFadzean because of an injury.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Dean Lyness replaces Robert Lainton because of an injury.

45:00 +6:17 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Burton Albion 0.

45:00 +6:06

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

45:00 +6:06

Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +5:23

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

45:00 +5:23

Foul by Robbie Weir (Burton Albion).

45:00 +4:17

Evan Horwood (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +4:17

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

45:00 +2:12

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

45:00 +2:12

Foul by Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion).

45:00 +1:06

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Evan Horwood.

45:00 +0:51

Attempt blocked. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

44:18

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

44:18

Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 1, Burton Albion 0. John Marquis (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

41:09

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

37:33

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

37:33

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:22

Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

32:15

Foul by Evan Horwood (Northampton Town).

32:15

Callum McFadzean (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:36

Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

30:36

Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:00

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

26:55

Foul by David Gray (Burton Albion).

26:12 Booking

Booking Ian Morris (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

26:00

Billy Kee (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:55

Foul by Ian Morris (Northampton Town).

23:12

Foul by Alan Connell (Northampton Town).

23:12

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:32

Attempt saved. Callum McFadzean (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

20:35

Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

19:46

Foul by Ben Tozer (Northampton Town).

19:46

Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:02

Attempt missed. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

11:58

Attempt missed. Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left misses to the right.

11:09

Hand ball by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion).

8:27

Ben Tozer (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8:27

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

7:16

Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

7:16

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion).

4:50

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Ian Morris.

4:02

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Leon McSweeney.

3:46

Attempt blocked. Adam McGurk (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

3:03

Foul by Ben Tozer (Northampton Town).

3:03

Billy Kee (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:38

Attempt missed. Alan Connell (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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