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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • John-Joe O'Toole (19')
  • Matt Grimes (49' PEN)
  • Alex Revell (90')
  • Jason Demetriou (26' PEN)

Northampton boost survival hopes with win over Southend

Northampton gave their survival hopes a big boost with a 3-1 win over Southend.
John-Joe O'Toole's early opener was cancelled out by Jason Demetriou's penalty but Matt Grimes scored from the spot before Alex Revell's late third lifted the Cobblers to within two points of safety as Southend suffered a sixth league defeat in seven.
The first half was short on quality and that was epitomised by Northampton's opener in the 19th minute.
After Mark Oxley beat away Ash Taylor's header, Harry Kyprianou's attempted clearance cannoned off Matt Crooks and fell for O'Toole to guide the ball into the bottom corner.
The lead lasted just seven minutes, however, as Taylor collided with Stephen McLaughlin in the box and Demetriou slotted home the resulting spot-kick.
But the visitors were behind again early in the second half when Chris Long was fouled by Kyprianou for a penalty which was dispatched confidently by Grimes.
Cobblers debutant Hildeberto Pereira hit the crossbar moments after coming on before he set up the game-clinching third, slipping in Revell who found the bottom corner.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portsmouth 27 +21 57
2 Luton Town 27 +25 53
3 Sunderland 26 +22 52
4 Charlton Athletic 28 +15 50
5 Barnsley 26 +21 49
6 Peterborough United 27 +13 47
7 Doncaster Rovers 27 +14 45
8 Coventry City 28 -2 39
9 Blackpool 26 +2 38
10 Fleetwood Town 27 +5 35
11 Burton Albion 27 0 35
12 Southend United 27 0 35
13 Wycombe Wanderers 27 -3 35
14 Accrington Stanley 26 -8 35
15 Scunthorpe United 28 -17 33
16 Walsall 27 -14 32
17 Gillingham 27 -6 31
18 Shrewsbury Town 27 -6 30
19 Rochdale 28 -24 30
20 Bristol Rovers 27 -4 28
21 Oxford United 27 -10 27
22 Bradford City 27 -12 27
23 Plymouth Argyle 27 -15 27
24 AFC Wimbledon 27 -17 23