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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 44 +47 91
2 Barnsley 44 +41 88
3 Portsmouth 43 +33 86
4 Sunderland 43 +35 84
5 Charlton Athletic 44 +27 82
6 Doncaster Rovers 44 +16 69
7 Peterborough United 43 +9 66
8 Coventry City 44 +2 64
9 Blackpool 44 +2 62
10 Burton Albion 44 +10 60
11 Oxford United 44 -4 59
12 Fleetwood Town 43 +6 57
13 Gillingham 44 -12 52
14 Accrington Stanley 44 -20 51
15 Rochdale 44 -30 51
16 Bristol Rovers 44 -4 50
17 Shrewsbury Town 44 -8 50
18 Wycombe Wanderers 44 -12 50
19 Southend United 44 -13 47
20 Plymouth Argyle 44 -21 47
21 AFC Wimbledon 44 -22 46
22 Scunthorpe United 44 -28 46
23 Walsall 44 -25 43
24 Bradford City 44 -29 37