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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 Portsmouth 17 +14 38
2 Sunderland 16 +19 35
3 Peterborough United 17 +11 33
4 Barnsley 16 +15 31
5 Luton Town 17 +8 29
6 Charlton Athletic 17 +6 28
7 Accrington Stanley 17 +2 28
8 Coventry City 17 +2 28
9 Blackpool 16 +3 25
10 Doncaster Rovers 17 +1 25
11 Walsall 17 -5 25
12 Fleetwood Town 17 +5 23
13 Southend United 17 -1 23
14 Burton Albion 16 0 21
15 Wycombe Wanderers 17 -1 21
16 Rochdale 17 -9 20
17 Gillingham 17 -3 18
18 Shrewsbury Town 17 -4 18
19 Scunthorpe United 17 -11 18
20 Bristol Rovers 17 0 17
21 Oxford United 17 -7 15
22 Plymouth Argyle 17 -11 13
23 AFC Wimbledon 17 -15 11
24 Bradford City 17 -19 10