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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 Luton Town 32 +37 68
2 Barnsley 31 +30 62
3 Portsmouth 31 +19 59
4 Sunderland 30 +23 58
5 Charlton Athletic 32 +15 55
6 Doncaster Rovers 31 +19 53
7 Peterborough United 32 +6 49
8 Blackpool 31 +6 47
9 Fleetwood Town 32 +9 45
10 Wycombe Wanderers 32 -4 43
11 Coventry City 32 -4 43
12 Burton Albion 31 +2 41
13 Scunthorpe United 32 -16 40
14 Southend United 32 -1 39
15 Plymouth Argyle 32 -13 37
16 Accrington Stanley 29 -11 36
17 Walsall 32 -16 35
18 Rochdale 32 -25 34
19 Bristol Rovers 31 -4 33
20 Oxford United 31 -9 33
21 Gillingham 31 -12 33
22 Shrewsbury Town 31 -10 32
23 Bradford City 32 -16 32
24 AFC Wimbledon 32 -25 26