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Exeter City 0-1 Northampton Town

Northampton dragged Exeter deep into relegation trouble as Ian Morris' goal moved the Cobblers to within three points of their fellow strugglers.

A tense opening half finished goalless with David Wheeler wasting a glorious chance for the Grecians.

But Morris secured the breakthrough for the in-form visitors as he got on the end of Chris Hackett's pass.

Exeter failed to get a shot on target after the break as their long-suffering fans saw yet another home loss.

Wheeler's almost inexplicable miss in the first half could come back to haunt Exeter, whose last home win came against Plymouth Argyle on 5 October, while Tom Nichols, Matt Oakley and Liam Sercombe also had efforts on goal.

Emile Sinclair missed his team's best chance before the break, but the Cobblers were much improved after the restart with Hackett breaking down the right before crossing for Morris to volley into the ground and over keeper Artur Krysiak.

The Grecians have now lost four of their last five games to plummet down the table, while Northampton are building up momentum as they picked up their 11th point from the last 15 available to them.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Post-match: Northampton boss Chris Wilder

"I've got a headache and lost my voice because of how hard Alan Knill and myself had to work the players in the first-half, and during half-time.

"We weren't at the races. It was perhaps the kind of performance that got us into this league position.

"But we kicked on and got a great reaction from the players and I can't deny it's not a big three points for us.

"Whatever happens with the teams above us, we have to show the kind of performance we did in the second half and if we do that, as I've always said, we'll be OK."

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Krysiak
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 3Woodman
  • 8Oakley
  • 6Coles
  • 4Bennett
  • 32WheelerSubstituted forReidat 74'minutes
  • 29Grimes
  • 25ParkinSubstituted forRichardsat 61'minutes
  • 20Nichols
  • 7Sercombe

Substitutes

  • 2Butterfield
  • 5Baldwin
  • 11Davies
  • 14Richards
  • 18Reid
  • 33Hamon
  • 35Gill

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2McSweeney
  • 29Robertson
  • 4Carter
  • 27Kouo-Doumbe
  • 23Diamond
  • 11Hackett
  • 17Deegan
  • 9MarquisSubstituted forConnellat 54'minutes
  • 7SinclairSubstituted forMoyoat 83'minutes
  • 35DickensonSubstituted forMorrisat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Morris
  • 12Tozer
  • 13Snedker
  • 18Connell
  • 20Moyo
  • 24Toney
  • 28Roberts
Referee:
Steve Bratt
Attendance:
2,785

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 0, Northampton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 0, Northampton Town 1.
Attempt missed. Eliot Richards (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Attempt missed. Jamie Reid (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
(Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by David Moyo (Northampton Town).
Matt Grimes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).
Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Zander Diamond.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. David Moyo replaces Emile Sinclair.
Attempt missed. Matt Oakley (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Jamie Reid (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Tom Nichols (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town).
Eliot Richards (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Gary Deegan (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jamie Reid replaces David Wheeler.
Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Leon McSweeney.
David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chesterfield36171272363
2Scunthorpe36151741962
3Rochdale35187101661
4Burton3616128560
5Fleetwood36177121058
6Oxford Utd36141481456
7Southend36131211851
8Plymouth3514912251
9York36121311449
10Hartlepool36121014046
11Morecambe35121013-746
12Dag & Red35111212-145
13Newport34111112-344
14Cheltenham35101411-644
15Wimbledon36111015-643
16Bristol Rovers35101213-242
17Portsmouth3691512-1142
18Mansfield36101214-1342
19Bury3491411041
20Wycombe35101114-441
21Accrington35101114-641
22Exeter36101016-740
23Northampton3591016-1537
24Torquay358918-2033
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