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Northampton Town 1-2 Portsmouth

Portsmouth's Conor Chaplin
Conor Chaplin stunned in-form Northampton with the winner four minutes from time

Portsmouth came from behind to win at in-form Northampton and close within one point of the automatic promotion places in League Two.

Defender Ryan Cresswell had headed the hosts ahead with a thumping effort from Joel Byron's corner.

Gareth Evans had Pompey level before half-time when he headed in Marc McNulty's cross on 32 minutes.

Substitute Conor Chaplin proved Portsmouth's match-winner as he finished Ben Tollitt's initial shot.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Wilder on Northampton v Portsmouth

"It was a tough one for us, we wanted to take the game to Portsmouth, but they have great quality.

"The windy conditions allowed them to play higher up the pitch, but it's a scandal that they managed to score from our corner.

"As I said before the game, anyone who finishes above Portsmouth will go up this season; and that's no spin."

Portsmouth assistant manager Leam Richardson told BBC Radio Solent:

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Richardson on Northampton v Pompey

"I think when you win they're always big results. We've come to Northampton, a very good team. It's been a good game today.

"I thought we got on the ascendancy the second half.

"They certainly posed a threat throughout the game but to get the result and get the goals and see the belief coming through the lads, especially when we went 1-0 down, was fantastic."

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 2Moloney
  • 5DiamondSubstituted forHoskinsat 90+1'minutes
  • 6CresswellBooked at 45mins
  • 16Buchanan
  • 8Byrom
  • 21O'TooleBooked at 23mins
  • 7D'AthBooked at 37mins
  • 10AdamsSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 57'minutes
  • 15PotterSubstituted forHolmesat 64'minutes
  • 9Richards

Substitutes

  • 4Taylor
  • 11Holmes
  • 12Lelan
  • 14Hoskins
  • 18McDonald
  • 20Calvert-Lewin
  • 26Clarke

Portsmouth

  • 24Murphy
  • 2Davies
  • 4Webster
  • 20Clarke
  • 3Stevens
  • 29Hollands
  • 8Doyle
  • 26Evans
  • 10McNultyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMcGurkat 80'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 23BennettSubstituted forTollittat 76'minutes
  • 13LaverySubstituted forChaplinat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McGurk
  • 15Barton
  • 18Tollitt
  • 19Chaplin
  • 33Close
  • 35Bass
  • 38Haunstrup
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
5,859

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away2

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Portsmouth 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Portsmouth 2.

Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Tollitt (Portsmouth).

Booking

Adam McGurk (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam McGurk (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Sam Hoskins replaces Zander Diamond.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Northampton Town) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Enda Stevens.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 1, Portsmouth 2. Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Caolan Lavery.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) hits the bar with a header from very close range.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Gareth Evans.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Matthew Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Adam McGurk replaces Marc McNulty.

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) header from very close range is too high.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Michael Doyle.

Attempt saved. Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ben Tollitt replaces Kyle Bennett.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Ryan Cresswell.

Attempt missed. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by John-Joe O'Toole.

Attempt saved. Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Brendon Moloney.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Enda Stevens.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ricky Holmes replaces Alfie Potter.

Attempt saved. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Caolan Lavery (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces Nicky Adams.

Michael Doyle (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joel Byrom (Northampton Town).

Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joel Byrom (Northampton Town).

Second Half

Second Half begins Northampton Town 1, Portsmouth 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Portsmouth 1.

Booking

Marc McNulty (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt saved. Marc McNulty (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

goal

As It Stood

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2Northampton22134538281043
3Oxford Utd22118333191441
4Portsmouth221010239192040
5Carlisle2210754237537
6Accrington20106435231236
7Bristol Rovers2211383224836
8Mansfield2297630201034
9Wycombe219752822634
10Leyton Orient228953429533
11Cambridge228683333030
12Exeter218673030030
13Luton228593834429
14Wimbledon227872930-129
15Notts County228593338-529
16Crawley2284103038-828
17Morecambe2183103839-127
18Stevenage226883038-826
19Barnet2274113239-725
20Newport2248102635-920
21Hartlepool2162132035-1520
22York2236132545-2015
23Yeovil2227132237-1513
24Dag & Red2227132140-1913
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