League Two
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Northampton Town 2-0 Hartlepool United

Mathias Kouo-Doumbe

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:

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Post-match: Northampton boss Wilder

"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."

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2McSweeney
  • 3WiddowsonSubstituted forRobertsonat 67'minutes
  • 34Ravenhill
  • 23Diamond
  • 27Kouo-Doumbe
  • 11Hackett
  • 4Carter
  • 9MarquisBooked at 72minsSubstituted forDeeganat 86'minutes
  • 7SinclairSubstituted forConnellat 67'minutes
  • 35Dickenson

Substitutes

  • 8Morris
  • 12Tozer
  • 13Snedker
  • 17Deegan
  • 18Connell
  • 25German
  • 29Robertson

Hartlepool

  • 1Flinders
  • 21DuckworthSubstituted forRichardsat 11'minutes
  • 22HoldenBooked at 45mins
  • 8WaltonBooked at 74mins
  • 35Burgess
  • 5Collins
  • 38Walker
  • 18WilliamsBooked at 86mins
  • 33James
  • 9HarewoodSubstituted forFranksat 66'minutes
  • 12BarmbySubstituted forComptonat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Franks
  • 10Poole
  • 11Monkhouse
  • 13Rafferty
  • 14Compton
  • 15Sweeney
  • 19Richards
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
4,083

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamHartlepool
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 2, Hartlepool United 0.

Full Time

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

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

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

Foul by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Richard Ravenhill.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Gary Deegan replaces John Marquis.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Luke Williams (Hartlepool United).

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Matt Duke.

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

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

Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

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

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

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Jordan Richards.

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

Foul by Brad Walker (Hartlepool United).

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town).

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

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

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).

Booking

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

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

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

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

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

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Alan Connell replaces Emile Sinclair.

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jonathan Franks replaces Marlon Harewood.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jack Compton replaces Jack Barmby.

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

Foul by Zander Diamond (Northampton Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chesterfield32161062258
2Scunthorpe32151341958
3Rochdale3217691457
4Oxford Utd33141361855
5Fleetwood31164111352
6Burton3214108352
7Southend32131091049
8Newport291199242
9Hartlepool3311913-242
10Plymouth3111911-742
11York3391311140
12Dag & Red32101012-240
13Morecambe32101012-640
14Exeter3210913-439
15Cheltenham3191210-439
16Wimbledon3210814-638
17Mansfield3291112-1038
18Bristol Rovers3191012-237
19Accrington3191012-637
20Bury3081210-236
21Portsmouth3281212-1236
22Wycombe3181013-534
23Torquay317816-1729
24Northampton317816-1729
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