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Sixfields Stadium (ATT 4,845) 8th February 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Northamptn Northampton Town vs Plymouth Argyle Plymouth


Plymouth 2

R Reid (5)
L Alessandra (39)

Reid inspires Plymouth victory

Last Updated: 10/02/14 10:59am

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Reuben Reid: First-half strike

Reuben Reid: First-half strike

First-half goals from Reuben Reid and Lewis Alessandra put Plymouth on their way with a comfortable 2-0 victory at Northampton.

Top scorer Reid gave Argyle the perfect start with his 14th goal of the season in the fifth minute. Jason Banton did well to set up Reid and his shot on the turn squirmed under goalkeeper Matt Duke.

Argyle continued to make the better openings despite the swirling conditions. Banton was denied by Duke who then kept out an effort from Neal Trotman while Reid was twice off target with decent efforts, and Dominic Blizzard also fired wide.

In between, on-loan Brighton & Hove Albion winger Brennan Dickenson headed wide on his debut as Cobblers looked to get back on level terms and Emile Sinclair also went close for the strugglers when he fired over.

But Argyle coped much better with the difficult conditions than Cobblers and deservedly doubled their advantage in the 39th minute. Banton was again involved in the build-up and when Alessandra cut inside his cross-shot eluded Duke and nestled in the far corner.

The Cobblers enjoyed their best spell of the match after the restart and finally created some chances. Chris Hackett shot wide, Sinclair headed over and Alan Connell at last tested goalkeeper Jake Cole, making first start between the posts since August in place of the injured Luke McCormick.

Connell forced Cole into another save with a shot from the edge of the box late on and substitute Antonio German should have done better from Dickenson's low cross. But Cobblers didn't make the most of their limited openings and never really looked like getting back into the contest.

Reid missed a great chance late on to grab his 15th of the campaign when he headed wide but the two first-half goals were enough to send Cobblers to their fourth straight home defeat.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 46 94
2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
5 Southend United 46 84
6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39