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Sixfields Stadium (ATT 5,382) 23rd February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Phillips

Northamptn Northampton Town vs Plymouth Argyle Plymouth

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Argyle's Cole nets for Cobblers

Last Updated: 23/02/13 6:01pm

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Jake Cole: Scored in his own net

Jake Cole: Scored in his own net

An own goal from goalkeeper Jake Cole gifted Northampton Town all three points in their 1-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle.

Cobblers enhanced their chances of reaching the play-offs against a Plymouth side hovering just above the relegation zone courtesy of Cole's second-half blunder.

Plymouth started brightly, Maxime Blanchard tested Lee Nicholls who also denied Jason Banton, while Reuben Reid had a goalbound shot blocked and Guy Branston headed wide.

Northampton finally began to forge some openings - Roy O'Donovan saw his effort turned away by Cole, who also kept out Ben Harding's free-kick and Chris Hackett fired wide from the edge of the box.

Former Cobbler Anthony Charles forced Nicholls into action again just before the break but Northampton stepped up the tempo after the restart - O'Donovan heading wide, while Clarke Carlisle was also off target with a header of his own.

Adebayo Akinfenwa was introduced as the promotion chasers sought to make the breakthrough and it was the top scorer who was instrumental in Northampton doing just that in the 72nd minute. Akinfenwa forced Cole into a decent save but - from Harding's resulting corner - the Plymouth keeper could only help the ball into his own net under pressure from defender Kelvin Langmead.

Charles missed a late chance to earn a point when he headed wide from Barton's corner but substitute Jake Robinson missed a great chance to make the game safe for Cobblers when he shot over.

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4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
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17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
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22 Hartlepool United 46 45
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