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Sixfields Stadium (ATT 4,083) 22nd February 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Northamptn Northampton Town vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

Northamptn 2

M Kouo-Doumbe (45+7)
B Dickenson (47)

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Struggling Cobblers beat Pools

Last Updated: 22/02/14 6:50pm

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Mathias Kouo-Doumbe: Netted in crucial win

Mathias Kouo-Doumbe: Netted in crucial win

Mathias Kouo-Doumbe and Brennan Dickenson struck either side of the break to give Northampton a crucial 2-0 win over Hartlepool.

It was a vital three points for Chris Wilder's struggling team, even if they ended the day still propping up the League Two table.

Luke Williams twice went close for the visitors in the first half, firing over and later having an effort blocked. In-between, Northampton had a couple of chances but Ricky Ravenhill was off target and Dickenson headed wide from a good position.

In a stop-start first half littered with fouls and free-kicks, chances were few and far between. Northampton's John Marquis was the next player to miss the target when he fired over from a good position.

The Cobblers then broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time. Chris Hackett's free-kick was volleyed back into the six-yard box by Joe Widdowson and Kouo-Doumbe forced the ball home at the far post.

There was still time for Emile Sinclair to go close to doubling Northampton's lead yet he headed over. However, two minutes after the restart, Dickenson increased the hosts' advantage with a close-range header from Hackett's cross.

Simon Walton almost reduced the arrears when he hit the upright while Hackett saw his goal-bound shot blocked at the other end before home goalkeeper Matt Duke was finally called into action to deny Williams twice. But Hartlepool left it too late to create any worthwhile chances.

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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