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Northampton Town 3-1 Portsmouth

Chris Long scored twice as Northampton beat Portsmouth to secure a second League One win in three days for new boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Burnley loanee Long and Matt Crooks fired the Cobblers 2-0 up inside 32 minutes, but Pompey raised their game in the second half.

Matt Kennedy fired the south coast side back into it in the 49th minute, and although they went on to create several more chances, it was Long who made it 3-1 with 20 minutes remaining.

After a scrappy start in wet and windy conditions, Northampton took the lead on 18 minutes, when Long raced on to a Shaun McWilliams pass and slipped the ball past Pompey goalkeeper Luke McGee, who was slow off his line.

Town doubled their advantage on 32 minutes, with Crooks glancing Matt Grimes's inswinging free-kick from the right wing, the ball deflecting in off Pompey defender Matt Clarke.

The visitors pressed and probed, and twice almost reduced the arrears.

Cobblers defender Ash Taylor headed a Jamal Lowe cross against his own post, while just before the break goalkeeper Matt Ingram tipped Pompey midfielder Stuart O'Keefe's long-range effort over.

Pompey did pull a goal back on 49 minutes, Kennedy firing home from 18 yards, and they created other chances but failed to take them.

In the 70th minute Northampton sealed the win, Long thrashing home his second at the far post following a Brendan Moloney cross.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 13Ingram
  • 2Moloney
  • 6Taylor
  • 16Pierre
  • 3Buchanan
  • 22CrooksBooked at 90mins
  • 17McWilliamsSubstituted forKasimat 29'minutes
  • 29Grimes
  • 20SmithSubstituted forPowellat 56'minutes
  • 10RevellSubstituted forRichardsat 77'minutes
  • 19Long

Substitutes

  • 1Cornell
  • 4Kasim
  • 5Barnett
  • 7Waters
  • 9Richards
  • 11Powell
  • 26Poole

Portsmouth

  • 1McGee
  • 20ThompsonBooked at 11mins
  • 6Burgess
  • 5ClarkeBooked at 42mins
  • 2McCrory
  • 30MaySubstituted forCloseat 57'minutes
  • 7O'Keefe
  • 18LoweBooked at 62mins
  • 8Pitman
  • 11Kennedy
  • 19Chaplin

Substitutes

  • 14Main
  • 17Donohue
  • 22Naismith
  • 23Bennett
  • 25Talbot
  • 33Close
  • 35Bass
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
5,855

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home4
Away21
Shots on Target
Home3
Away9
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 3, Portsmouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 3, Portsmouth 1.

Attempt missed. Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Attempt saved. Stuart O'Keefe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Matt Ingram.

Attempt blocked. Matthew Kennedy (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Crooks (Northampton Town).

Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Powell (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. Stuart O'Keefe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Matt Ingram.

Attempt saved. Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Ben Close (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Powell (Northampton Town).

Attempt blocked. Ben Close (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Matt Crooks.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Marc Richards replaces Alex Revell.

Matt Crooks (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Damien McCrory (Portsmouth).

Attempt saved. Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 3, Portsmouth 1. Chris Long (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Brendon Moloney with a cross.

Foul by Alex Revell (Northampton Town).

Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Daniel Powell (Northampton Town).

Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matt Grimes (Northampton Town).

Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Aaron Pierre (Northampton Town).

Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniel Powell (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Matthew Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ben Close replaces Adam May.

Attempt missed. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Daniel Powell (Northampton Town).

Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

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3Charlton75021310315
4Bradford7421149514
5Blackpool7421117414
6Wigan6411113813
7Fleetwood6411117413
8Oxford Utd7331125712
9Rotherham7403159612
10Blackburn6402116512
11Scunthorpe733183512
12Bristol Rovers73041215-39
13Portsmouth722379-28
14Walsall72231014-48
15MK Dons721449-57
16Doncaster713379-26
17Northampton6204611-56
18Rochdale7133510-56
19Southend7133713-66
20Wimbledon712448-45
21Oldham71151016-64
22Bury7115814-64
23Plymouth7115613-74
24Gillingham7034511-63
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