League Two
Northampton0Portsmouth1

Northampton Town 0-1 Portsmouth

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:

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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."

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2McSweeneySubstituted forMorrisat 45'minutes
  • 25HorwoodBooked at 72mins
  • 29RobertsonBooked at 87mins
  • 27Kouo-Doumbe
  • 12Tozer
  • 34RavenhillSubstituted forLangmeadat 81'minutes
  • 4Carter
  • 11Hackett
  • 7SinclairSubstituted forToneyat 45'minutesBooked at 56mins
  • 9Marquis

Substitutes

  • 5Langmead
  • 8Morris
  • 13Snedker
  • 17Deegan
  • 18Connell
  • 20Moyo
  • 24Toney

Portsmouth

  • 40CarsonBooked at 72mins
  • 17ShoreyBooked at 90mins
  • 15Alfei
  • 13Ertl
  • 5Devera
  • 6Bradley
  • 4EastSubstituted forHolmesat 78'minutes
  • 19Fogden
  • 23AgyemangSubstituted forDrennanat 65'minutes
  • 35Wallace
  • 32JervisSubstituted forHollandsat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 3N'Gala
  • 11Holmes
  • 22Webster
  • 28Drennan
  • 29Hollands
  • 33McCabe
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
6,829

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home13
Away5
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Portsmouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Portsmouth 1.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Trevor Carson.
Attempt saved. Kelvin Langmead (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Daniel Alfei.

Booking

Nicky Shorey (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).
Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt saved. Kelvin Langmead (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Ben Tozer (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Michael Drennan (Portsmouth).

Booking

Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town).
Michael Drennan (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Nicky Shorey.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Kelvin Langmead replaces Richard Ravenhill.
Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).
Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).
Attempt missed. Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ricky Holmes replaces Danny East.
Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth).
Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).
Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.
Attempt saved. John Marquis (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Ian Morris (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Michael Drennan (Portsmouth).
Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Wes Fogden (Portsmouth).

Booking

Trevor Carson (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Evan Horwood (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.
Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Danny East (Portsmouth).
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Johannes Ertl.
Attempt saved. John Marquis (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Michael Drennan (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Michael Drennan replaces Patrick Agyemang.
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.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Joe Devera.
Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).

Booking

Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Ivan Toney (Northampton Town).
Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Danny Hollands replaces Jake Jervis.
Attempt missed. Evan Horwood (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nicky Shorey (Portsmouth).
Attempt saved. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Nicky Shorey.
John Marquis (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth).

Second Half

Second Half begins Northampton Town 0, Portsmouth 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ivan Toney replaces Emile Sinclair.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ian Morris replaces Leon McSweeney.

Half Time

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Scunthorpe44202042680
2Chesterfield44211582878
3Rochdale44239122078
4Fleetwood44229131575
5Burton44191510872
6Southend441814121668
7York441716111067
8Oxford Utd44161414662
9Plymouth44161018-758
10Bury44131813857
11Dag & Red44141515-457
12Mansfield44141515-857
13Portsmouth44141515-1057
14Wimbledon44141416-456
15Newport44131615-355
16Cheltenham44131615-755
17Hartlepool44141020-452
18Accrington44121517-451
19Morecambe44121418-1550
20Exeter44121319-749
21Wycombe44111419-1047
22Bristol Rovers44111419-1147
23Northampton44111419-2047
24Torquay4411924-2342
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