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Sixfields Stadium (ATT 4,604) 12th April 2014 - Kick off 15:07

Northamptn Northampton Town vs Burton Albion Burton Alb

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J Marquis (43)

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Marquis seals crucial victory

Last Updated: 12/04/14 7:09pm

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John Marquis: Match-winning strike

John Marquis: Match-winning strike

A solitary goal from John Marquis earned relegation-threatened Northampton three precious points in their 1-0 win over Burton.

The Cobblers' first home win in six games leaves them level on goal difference with third-bottom Wycombe ahead of the two sides meeting on Friday.

Burton, though, are now six points off the top three and are likely to have to settle for the play-offs.

Northampton created a couple of early chances, Alan Connell flashed a shot wide and Emile Sinclair wasted a good opportunity when he missed the target from a promising position.

At the other end Jimmy Phillips fired a low drive past the upright from the edge of the box and Callum McFadzean saw his deflected effort comfortably dealt with by Matt Duke.

Adam McGurk fired over just before the break and Connell shot straight at Rob Lainton.

But Cobblers broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute when a low drive from Marquis beat Lainton at his near post.

Duke preserved Northampton's advantage in first half stoppage-time when he denied Shane Cansdell-Sherriff from close range.

The injured Lainton was replaced by Dean Lyness for the second half and Burton went close to an equaliser when McGurk's effort clipped the top of the bar.

But it was Northampton who looked the more likely to add to the scoring. Chris Hackett blazed over and a fine save from Lyness denied Marquis a second in the closing stages.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 42 76
2 Rochdale 42 75
3 Chesterfield 42 74
4 Fleetwood Town 42 69
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 42 62
7 Oxford United 42 62
8 York City 42 61
9 Plymouth Argyle 42 58
10 Mansfield Town 42 56
11 Bury 42 54
12 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 54
13 Newport County AFC 42 53
14 AFC Wimbledon 42 52
15 Cheltenham Town 42 52
16 Portsmouth 42 51
17 Accrington Stanley 42 50
18 Hartlepool United 42 49
19 Morecambe 42 49
20 Exeter City 42 48
21 Bristol Rovers 42 47
22 Wycombe Wanderers 42 46
23 Northampton Town 42 46
24 Torquay United 42 39