League Two
Northampton0Plymouth2

Northampton Town 0-2 Plymouth Argyle

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:

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Post-match: Northampton manager Wilder

"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."

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2McSweeney
  • 3WiddowsonBooked at 82mins
  • 34Ravenhill
  • 6CollinsSubstituted forGermanat 68'minutes
  • 27Kouo-Doumbe
  • 11Hackett
  • 4Carter
  • 18Connell
  • 7Sinclair
  • 35Dickenson

Substitutes

  • 8Morris
  • 10O'Donovan
  • 12Tozer
  • 13Snedker
  • 17Deegan
  • 25German
  • 29Robertson

Plymouth

  • 1Cole
  • 4Blanchard
  • 25Purrington
  • 6Hourihane
  • 16Trotman
  • 17Nelson
  • 8Boco
  • 11Blizzard
  • 20BantonSubstituted forHarveyat 71'minutes
  • 9Reid
  • 7Alessandra

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Plymouth Argyle 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Plymouth Argyle 2.
Attempt missed. Alan Connell (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) header from very close range is just a bit too high.
Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.
Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.
Attempt missed. Tyler Harvey (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.
Romuald Boco (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town).
Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).
Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town).
Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Maxime Blanchard.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Dominic Blizzard.
Attempt saved. Alan Connell (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Tyler Harvey replaces Jason Banton.
Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).
Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Antonio German replaces Lee Collins.
Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).
Foul by Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town).
Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jason Banton (Plymouth Argyle).
Lee Collins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Jason Banton (Plymouth Argyle).
Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).
Foul by Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town).
Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Darren Carter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Dominic Blizzard (Plymouth Argyle).
Foul by Alan Connell (Northampton Town).
Dominic Blizzard (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Alan Connell (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chesterfield30151052155
2Scunthorpe30131341452
3Oxford Utd30131251651
4Rochdale2915591250
5Burton291487550
6Fleetwood28153101248
7Southend2913881147
8Newport261097539
9Dag & Red3010911-139
10Plymouth2910910-439
11Hartlepool3010812-338
12Wimbledon3010812-438
13Morecambe2910811-538
14York3181211-336
15Cheltenham298129-436
16Exeter299812-435
17Mansfield3081111-835
18Accrington288911-633
19Portsmouth3071211-933
20Bury2871110-332
21Bristol Rovers2971012-531
22Wycombe297913-630
23Torquay287813-1329
24Northampton285815-1823
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