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Northampton Town 1-0 Shrewsbury Town

Ryan Watson was the matchwinner as Northampton claimed three crucial points in their battle against relegation League One with a 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury.

Victory, coupled with defeats for all of their relegation rivals, saw the Cobblers move up to 19th in the table and three points clear of the drop zone.

After a cagey opening of few chances, Northampton took the lead after 27 minutes when Watson ran on to Peter Kioso's low cross from the right and side-footed into the top corner from 16 yards out.

The smart finish was the Northampton top-scorer's eighth goal of the campaign in all competitions and seventh in his last 11 league games.

Sam Hoskins also went close for the hosts, while Shrewsbury's only chance fell to Harry Chapman but he headed over from eight yards.

The second half saw both teams struggle to keep hold of the ball in a scrappy contest, in which the Cobblers did enough to hold on for an important victory.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Northampton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Mitchell
  • 15Kioso
  • 28Jones
  • 6Horsfall
  • 23MillsBooked at 53mins
  • 18Morris
  • 17McWilliamsBooked at 90mins
  • 8Watson
  • 7HoskinsBooked at 90mins
  • 29Rose
  • 26EdmondsonSubstituted forSheehanat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Harriman
  • 5Bolger
  • 10Jones
  • 30Chukwuemeka
  • 35Berry
  • 44Sheehan
  • 45Marshall

Shrewsbury

Formation 3-5-2

  • 31Sarkic
  • 5WilliamsSubstituted forGossat 88'minutes
  • 24Ebanks-Landell
  • 2Pierre
  • 17Love
  • 10Vela
  • 8NorburnSubstituted forEdwardsat 89'minutes
  • 28Davis
  • 14Ogbeta
  • 20MainSubstituted forPykeat 79'minutes
  • 32ChapmanSubstituted forWhalleyat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Burgoyne
  • 4Edwards
  • 6Goss
  • 7Whalley
  • 9Pyke
  • 12Sears
  • 29Pennington
Referee:
Ross Joyce

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Northampton Town 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Donald Love (Shrewsbury Town).

  4. Post update

    Danny Rose (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Pierre (Shrewsbury Town).

  6. Post update

    Fraser Horsfall (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Booking

    Shaun McWilliams (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    David Davis (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Danny Rose (Northampton Town).

  10. Booking

    Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Shrewsbury Town).

  12. Post update

    Danny Rose (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. David Edwards replaces Oliver Norburn.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Shaun Whalley replaces Harry Chapman.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Sean Goss replaces Ro-Shaun Williams.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Nathanael Ogbeta (Shrewsbury Town).

  17. Post update

    Peter Kioso (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Nathanael Ogbeta (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Danny Rose (Northampton Town).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathanael Ogbeta (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

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