Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Fleetwood Town 1.
Substitute Devante Cole's strike helped Fleetwood make it two wins out of two as they claimed a narrow win over Northampton at Sixfields.
The game appeared to be drifting towards a goalless draw when a fine finish from Cole sent the three points Fleetwood's way and condemned Northampton to a second straight defeat.
The visitors made the brighter start and almost had an early lead when Cian Bolger's header was blocked on the line before David Cornell beat away Jordy Hiwula's drive.
But Northampton responded strongly and should have gone into half-time ahead when, after Chris Long twice went close, Fleetwood goalkeeper Alex Cairns pulled off a sensational triple save to deny Aaron Pierre twice and then Billy Waters, all from close-range.
Clear-cut chances were harder to come by in a scrappy second half but the game's only goal arrived with 15 minutes remaining.
Two substitutes combined as Aiden O'Neill won the ball in midfield and fed Cole, who clinically beat Cornell to earn all three points.
Report supplied by the Press Association.
- 26PooleSubstituted forRichardsat 90'minutes
- 18PhillipsSubstituted forMoloneyat 75'minutes
- 4KasimSubstituted forMcWilliamsat 75'minutes
- 5EasthamBooked at 66mins
- 18GlendonSubstituted forO'Neillat 45'minutesBooked at 79mins
- 7Hiwula-MayifuilaSubstituted forColeat 68'minutes
- 10McAlenySubstituted forBurnsat 36'minutes
- Brett Huxtable
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Fleetwood Town 1.
Attempt saved. Aiden O'Neill (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Northampton Town. Marc Richards replaces Regan Poole.
Devante Cole (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Regan Poole (Northampton Town).
Foul by Brendon Moloney (Northampton Town).
Amari'i Bell (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Matt Crooks (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Billy Waters (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town).
Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Matt Crooks.
Aiden O'Neill (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Matt Crooks (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Aiden O'Neill (Fleetwood Town).
Goal! Northampton Town 0, Fleetwood Town 1. Devante Cole (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aiden O'Neill.
Substitution, Northampton Town. Shaun McWilliams replaces Yaser Kasim.
Substitution, Northampton Town. Brendon Moloney replaces Aaron Phillips.
Foul by Aaron Pierre (Northampton Town).
Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.