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Accrington Stanley 0-1 Northampton Town

Northampton stayed in the League Two drop zone despite beating Accrington.

The Cobblers scored the only goal of the game after four minutes when Chris Hackett latched on to a long ball and finished from a tight angle.

Stanley's James Gray put an effort wide, before Emile Sinclair's shot at the other end was blocked by defender Tom Aldred.

Visiting keeper Matt Duke had to make a superb injury-time stop to deny Kayode Odejayi and secure the points.

Chris Wilder's side remain in the bottom two despite the win after positive results for fellow strugglers Wycombe and Portsmouth and a draw for Bristol Rovers.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Post-match: Northampton boss Wilder

"There's been a lot of talking over the last few games. That had to stop and we've done our talking on the pitch today.

"We aren't playing with a huge amount of confidence but we had to find a way to win and today we've done that.

"If it has to go to the last game, we'll take it there. We've given ourselves a fighting chance."

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 26Bettinelli
  • 16Hunt
  • 23Buxton
  • 2Murphy
  • 5Aldred
  • 6Winnard
  • 10HatfieldSubstituted forMingoiaat 78'minutes
  • 4Joyce
  • 24Odejayi
  • 17GrayBooked at 18minsSubstituted forNaismithat 78'minutes
  • 13Molyneux

Substitutes

  • 3Liddle
  • 9Webber
  • 11Naismith
  • 15Mingoia
  • 20Windass
  • 25Atkinson
  • 44Bowerman

Northampton

  • 1DukeBooked at 90mins
  • 2McSweeneyBooked at 90mins
  • 25Horwood
  • 4CarterBooked at 21mins
  • 27Kouo-DoumbeBooked at 84mins
  • 23Diamond
  • 11HackettSubstituted forTozerat 79'minutes
  • 34Ravenhill
  • 7SinclairSubstituted forConnellat 70'minutes
  • 9Marquis
  • 8Morris

Substitutes

  • 12Tozer
  • 13Snedker
  • 17Deegan
  • 18Connell
  • 24Toney
  • 29Robertson
  • 35Dickenson
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
1,616

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Northampton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Northampton Town 1.
Attempt missed. Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Matt Duke (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.
Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town).
Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Evan Horwood.
Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Matt Duke.
Attempt saved. Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt missed. Nicky Hunt (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Hand ball by Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town).
Attempt saved. John Marquis (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

Booking

Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.
Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ben Tozer replaces Chris Hackett.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Kal Naismith replaces James Gray.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Piero Mingoia replaces Will Hatfield.
Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town).
James Gray (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Zander Diamond (Northampton Town).
Attempt blocked. John Marquis (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Alan Connell replaces Emile Sinclair.
Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Darren Carter.
James Gray (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town).
Attempt missed. Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Leon McSweeney.
Attempt blocked. Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Dean Winnard.
Foul by Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley).
(Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town).
Kayode Odejayi (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Rochdale41229102575
2Scunthorpe41191842575
3Chesterfield41191482671
4Fleetwood41208131368
5Burton4118149668
6Southend411614111362
7York41151511860
8Oxford Utd41151412659
9Plymouth40151015-155
10Dag & Red41131513-154
11Bury41121712553
12Mansfield41131414-953
13Cheltenham41121514-851
14Newport40121414-450
15Hartlepool41131018-149
16Accrington41121316-349
17Wimbledon41121316-649
18Morecambe41121217-1448
19Portsmouth41111515-1548
20Exeter41121118-647
21Bristol Rovers41111416-847
22Wycombe41111317-746
23Northampton41101318-2043
24Torquay419923-2436
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