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2017-18 English League One, Regular Season
  • John-Joe O'Toole (42')
  • Sonny Bradley (61' OG)

Northampton beat Plymouth to boost survival hopes

Northampton Town gave their survival hopes a huge boost with a richly deserved 2-0 victory over promotion-chasing Plymouth Argyle.
Goals either side of half-time were enough to hand the Cobblers only a second win in 12 games and bring them to within two points of safety, denting Plymouth's hopes of a play-off place.
Northampton took the game to their in-form visitors from the first whistle and should have had the lead when Sam Hoskins capitalised on a mistake from Gary Sawyer before shooting straight at Remi Matthews.
Hoskins was denied by Matthews for a second time but, seconds later, John-Joe O'Toole poked in Daniel Powell's low cross to hand the hosts a deserved lead at half-time.
The Cobblers were even more dominant in the second half and duly added to their lead just after the hour-mark when, after Matt Crooks went close, defender Zak Vyner turned Powell's cross into his own net.
The home side had further chances to rack up a more convincing victory but Powell, Hoskins and O'Toole were all denied by the outstanding Matthews.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Hull City 23 +20 45
2 Lincoln City 22 +15 45
3 Peterborough United 22 +15 42
4 Portsmouth 22 +18 41
5 Doncaster Rovers 20 +14 39
6 Charlton Athletic 24 +5 37
7 Sunderland 22 +12 36
8 Crewe Alexandra 24 +5 36
9 Ipswich Town 21 +3 35
10 Accrington Stanley 19 +4 33
11 Oxford United 21 +5 31
12 Fleetwood Town 23 +7 30
13 Gillingham 23 -3 30
14 Plymouth Argyle 23 -8 30
15 Milton Keynes Dons 23 0 28
16 Blackpool 21 -3 28
17 Shrewsbury Town 21 -5 24
18 Rochdale 23 -8 23
19 Bristol Rovers 21 -11 22
20 AFC Wimbledon 23 -15 22
21 Northampton Town 22 -18 22
22 Wigan Athletic 22 -14 21
23 Swindon Town 23 -16 21
24 Burton Albion 24 -22 16