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Northampton Town 3-1 Portsmouth

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Chris Long scored twice as Northampton beat Portsmouth to secure a second League One win in three days for new boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Burnley loanee Long and Matt Crooks fired the Cobblers 2-0 up inside 32 minutes, but Pompey raised their game in the second half.Matt Kennedy fired the south coast side back into it in the 49th minute, and although they went on to create several more chances, it was Long who made it 3-1 with 20 minutes remaining.

After a scrappy start in wet and windy conditions, Northampton took the lead on 18 minutes, when Long raced on to a Shaun McWilliams pass and slipped the ball past Pompey goalkeeper Luke McGee, who was slow off his line.Town doubled their advantage on 32 minutes, with Crooks glancing Matt Grimes’s inswinging free-kick from the right wing, the ball deflecting in off Pompey defender Matt Clarke.The visitors pressed and probed, and twice almost reduced the arrears.Cobblers defender Ash Taylor headed a Jamal Lowe cross against his own post, while just before the break goalkeeper Matt Ingram tipped Pompey midfielder Stuart O’Keefe’s long-range effort over.Pompey did pull a goal back on 49 minutes, Kennedy firing home from 18 yards, and they created other chances but failed to take them.In the 70th minute Northampton sealed the win, Long thrashing home his second at the far post following a Brendan Moloney cross.Match report supplied by the Press Association.Line-upsMatch StatsLive TextLine-upsNorthampton13Ingram2Moloney6Taylor16Pierre3Buchanan22Crooks17McWilliamsSubstituted forKasimat 29’minutes29Grimes20SmithSubstituted forPowellat 56’minutes10RevellSubstituted forRichardsat 77’minutes19LongSubstitutes1Cornell4Kasim5Barnett7Waters9Richards11Powell26PoolePortsmouth1McGee20ThompsonBooked at 11mins6Burgess5ClarkeBooked at 42mins2McCrory30MaySubstituted forCloseat 57’minutes7O’Keefe18LoweBooked at 62mins8Pitman11Kennedy19ChaplinSubstitutes14Main17Donohue22Naismith23Bennett25Talbot33Close35BassReferee:Darren DrysdaleAttendance:5,855Match StatsHome TeamNorthamptonAway TeamPortsmouthPossessionHome46%Away54%ShotsHome4Away21Shots on TargetHome3Away9CornersHome3Away7FoulsHome11Away10Live TextPosted at Match ends, Northampton Town 3, Portsmouth 1.Full TimePosted at 90’+3′ Second Half ends, Northampton Town 3, Portsmouth 1.Posted at 90’+2′ Attempt missed. Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.Posted at 90’+1′ Attempt saved. Stuart O’Keefe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top right corner.Posted at 90’+1′ Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Matt Ingram.Posted at 90’+1′ Attempt blocked. Matthew Kennedy (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.Posted at 90′ Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 90′ Foul by Matt Crooks (Northampton Town).Posted at 89′ Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 89′ Foul by Daniel Powell (Northampton Town).Posted at 87′ Attempt saved. Stuart O’Keefe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.Posted at 87′ Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Matt Ingram.Posted at 83′ Attempt saved. Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.Posted at 83′ Ben Close (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 83′ Foul by Daniel Powell (Northampton Town).Posted at 82′ Attempt blocked. Ben Close (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.Posted at 82′ Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Matt Crooks.SubstitutionPosted at 77′ Substitution, Northampton Town. Marc Richards replaces Alex Revell.Posted at 75′ Matt Crooks (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 75′ Foul by Damien McCrory (Portsmouth).Posted at 74′ Attempt saved. Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.Goal!Posted at 70′ Goal! Northampton Town 3, Portsmouth 1. Chris Long (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Brendon Moloney with a cross.Posted at 69′ Foul by Alex Revell (Northampton Town).Posted at 69′ Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 67′ Attempt missed. Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.Posted at 67′ Foul by Daniel Powell (Northampton Town).Posted at 67′ Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 66′ Foul by Matt Grimes (Northampton Town).Posted at 66′ Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 64′ Attempt saved. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.Posted at 63′ Foul by Aaron Pierre (Northampton Town).Posted at 63′ Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.BookingPosted at 62′ Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 62′ Daniel Powell (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 62′ Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).Posted at 61′ Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Matthew Clarke.SubstitutionPosted at 57′ Substitution, Portsmouth. Ben Close replaces Adam May.Posted at 57′ Attempt missed. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.Posted at 56′ Foul by Daniel Powell (Northampton Town).Posted at 56′ Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.Show more updatesgoal
Source: BBC Hampshire