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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 Sheffield Wednesday 28 +30 61
2 Plymouth Argyle 29 +21 61
3 Ipswich Town 29 +25 55
4 Derby County 28 +24 53
5 Bolton Wanderers 30 +15 53
6 Barnsley 27 +10 47
7 Peterborough United 27 +13 44
8 Wycombe Wanderers 28 +11 44
9 Shrewsbury Town 29 +5 44
10 Portsmouth 27 +2 38
11 Exeter City 29 +1 38
12 Charlton Athletic 28 +4 37
13 Bristol Rovers 29 -9 37
14 Port Vale 28 -11 36
15 Oxford United 30 -2 35
16 Lincoln City 27 -3 34
17 Fleetwood Town 28 -2 29
18 Cheltenham Town 28 -12 29
19 Milton Keynes Dons 29 -13 28
20 Burton Albion 28 -19 28
21 Morecambe 28 -14 27
22 Cambridge United 28 -23 26
23 Accrington Stanley 26 -20 25
24 Forest Green Rovers 30 -33 21