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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 Plymouth Argyle 19 +17 43
2 Ipswich Town 19 +19 41
3 Sheffield Wednesday 19 +19 40
4 Peterborough United 19 +11 31
5 Bolton Wanderers 18 +6 31
6 Barnsley 18 +8 30
7 Portsmouth 17 +8 29
8 Derby County 18 +7 29
9 Lincoln City 18 0 26
10 Port Vale 19 -7 26
11 Exeter City 19 +2 25
12 Wycombe Wanderers 19 +1 25
13 Oxford United 19 +4 24
14 Charlton Athletic 19 +3 24
15 Bristol Rovers 19 -3 24
16 Shrewsbury Town 19 -4 23
17 Fleetwood Town 19 +1 22
18 Cheltenham Town 18 -6 22
19 Accrington Stanley 19 -11 20
20 Cambridge United 19 -12 20
21 Milton Keynes Dons 18 -11 14
22 Burton Albion 19 -15 14
23 Morecambe 19 -15 14
24 Forest Green Rovers 19 -22 14