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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Paul Taylor (90'+2')
  • John-Joe O'Toole (43')
  • Chris Long (62')

Northampton boost survival hopes with shock win at Bradford

Northampton gained a surprise 2-1 win at League One play-off contenders Bradford, condemning the Bantams to their seventh home league defeat of the season.
Bradford had the ball in the net after 37 minutes when keeper Richard O'Donnell failed to hold Paul Taylor's fiercely-driven free-kick from outside the box. Defender Matt Kilgallon turned the loose ball into the net, but was ruled offside.
Northampton took advantage of this let-off six minutes later when John-Joe O'Toole broke free to score with a close-range header from Matt Grimes' corner to give the visitors a 1-0 half-time lead.
Northampton, who remain in the relegation zone on goal difference, went further ahead in the 62nd minute when Chris Long benefited from hesitancy in the home defence to score with a shot just inside the near post.
The home side pulled a goal back in stoppage time, a superb 25-yard shot from Taylor following a quickly-taken free-kick, but it was not enough to prevent the Cobblers from picking up a deserved win.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Luton Town 33 +38 71
2 Barnsley 32 +31 65
3 Portsmouth 32 +19 60
4 Sunderland 31 +23 59
5 Charlton Athletic 33 +15 56
6 Doncaster Rovers 31 +19 53
7 Peterborough United 33 +7 52
8 Blackpool 32 +6 48
9 Coventry City 33 -1 46
10 Fleetwood Town 33 +8 45
11 Wycombe Wanderers 33 -5 43
12 Burton Albion 32 +2 42
13 Southend United 33 -1 40
14 Scunthorpe United 33 -17 40
15 Plymouth Argyle 33 -13 38
16 Accrington Stanley 30 -11 37
17 Gillingham 32 -11 36
18 Walsall 33 -19 35
19 Rochdale 32 -25 34
20 Bristol Rovers 31 -4 33
21 Oxford United 32 -10 33
22 Shrewsbury Town 32 -10 33
23 Bradford City 33 -16 33
24 AFC Wimbledon 32 -25 26