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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 Wycombe Wanderers 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 26 41
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
13 Cambridge United 25 35
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 25 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Carlisle United 27 27
23 Dagenham & Redbridge 26 26
24 Hartlepool United 27 18