Danny East's early goal was enough to earn victory for Portsmouth and ensure Northampton remain in the relegation zone with two games of the season left.

East struck after minutes, volleying over keeper Matt Duke from 10 yards.

Sonny Bradley wasted a good headed chance to make it 2-0 while Emile Sinclair and Darren Carter missed decent chances for the Cobblers.

The hosts dominated the second half but could not find a breakthrough and stay in the bottom two on goal difference.

Northampton are level with Bristol Rovers and Wycombe on 47 points, who also both lost.

Exeter are two points ahead after losing to bottom-of-the-table side Torquay United.

Portsmouth caretaker manager Andy Awford told BBC Radio Solent:

Post-match: Pompey caretaker Awford

"The run we've had has been absolutely fantastic and the players deserve massive credit for what they've managed to achieve in the last five games.

"It just shows you how tight this league is. When we took over we were looking over our shoulders worried about the trap door, but thankfully that's gone away now and we can hopefully start to look upwards.

"I didn't pick the team to make it easy for anybody and I felt that the right thing to do today was freshen it up and luckily it worked today.

"I've got plans in my head in case I am manager here next season but there's no point going any further until I know what the situation is."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 02 McSweeney (Morris - 45' )
  • 25 Horwood Booked
  • 29 Robertson Booked
  • 27 Kouo-Doumbe
  • 12 Tozer
  • 34 Ravenhill (Langmead - 81' )
  • 04 Carter
  • 11 Hackett
  • 07 Sinclair (Toney - 45' Booked )
  • 09 Marquis

Substitutes

  • 05 Langmead
  • 08 Morris
  • 13 Snedker
  • 17 Deegan
  • 18 Connell
  • 20 Moyo
  • 24 Toney

Portsmouth

  • 40 Carson Booked
  • 17 Shorey Booked
  • 15 Alfei
  • 13 Ertl
  • 05 Devera
  • 06 Bradley
  • 04 East (Holmes - 78' )
  • 19 Fogden
  • 23 Agyemang (Drennan - 65' )
  • 35 Wallace
  • 32 Jervis (Hollands - 54' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 03 N'Gala
  • 11 Holmes
  • 22 Webster
  • 28 Drennan
  • 29 Hollands
  • 33 McCabe
Ref: Darren Deadman
Att: 6,829

Match Stats

Shots

13 5

On target

9 3

Corners

8 3

Fouls

10 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Portsmouth 1.

90:00 +5:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Portsmouth 1.

90:00 +4:02

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

90:00 +3:46

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

90:00 +3:09

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Daniel Alfei.

90:00 +2:26 Booking

Booking Nicky Shorey (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:05

Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

90:00 +2:05

Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:17

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

89:10

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

89:08

Foul by Michael Drennan (Portsmouth).

86:13 Booking

Booking Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

86:00

Foul by Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town).

86:00

Michael Drennan (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:30

Attempt saved. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

84:51

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Nicky Shorey.

80:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Kelvin Langmead replaces Richard Ravenhill.

80:13

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

80:13

Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:52

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

79:52

Foul by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).

79:36

Attempt missed. Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

77:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Ricky Holmes replaces Danny East.

77:35

Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:35

Foul by Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth).

76:06

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

76:06

Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:57

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

74:34

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

73:29

Ian Morris (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:29

Foul by Michael Drennan (Portsmouth).

73:01

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

73:01

Foul by Wes Fogden (Portsmouth).

71:36 Booking

Booking Trevor Carson (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

71:22 Booking

Booking Evan Horwood (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

70:25

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

70:25

Foul by Danny East (Portsmouth).

67:37

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Johannes Ertl.

67:14

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

66:35

Attempt saved. Michael Drennan (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

65:16

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

64:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Michael Drennan replaces Patrick Agyemang.

63:56

Attempt missed. Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right.

63:16

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Joe Devera.

62:33

Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:33

Foul by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).

55:03 Booking

Booking Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

55:00

Foul by Ivan Toney (Northampton Town).

55:00

Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Danny Hollands replaces Jake Jervis.

53:12

Attempt missed. Evan Horwood (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

51:47

Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:47

Foul by Nicky Shorey (Portsmouth).

48:27

Attempt saved. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

47:02

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Nicky Shorey.

46:42

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

46:42

Foul by Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth).

45:00

Second Half begins Northampton Town 0, Portsmouth 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Ivan Toney replaces Emile Sinclair.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Ian Morris replaces Leon McSweeney.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Portsmouth 1.

45:00 +1:24

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

45:00 +1:24

Foul by Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth).

45:00 +1:13

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

45:00 +1:13

Wes Fogden (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:15

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

44:05

Attempt saved. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

43:45

Attempt saved. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

41:33

Attempt saved. John Marquis (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

39:20

Foul by Joe Devera (Portsmouth).

39:20

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

35:38

Attempt saved. John Marquis (Northampton Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner.

33:13

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

28:14

Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:14

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

26:22

Hand ball by Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth).

19:55

Foul by Danny East (Portsmouth).

19:55

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

19:00

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Evan Horwood.

18:00

Joe Devera (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:58

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

15:35

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Nicky Shorey.

7:32

Attempt missed. Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right.

6:55

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Ben Tozer.

5:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 0, Portsmouth 1. Danny East (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

4:46

Danny East (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:46

Foul by Evan Horwood (Northampton Town).

3:40

Foul by Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town).

3:40

(Portsmouth) 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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