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Sixfields Stadium (ATT 6,829) 21st April 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Northamptn Northampton Town vs Portsmouth Portsmth

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D East (6)

Pompey keep Cobblers in danger

Last Updated: 21/04/14 5:26pm

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Danny East: Scored the winner

Danny East: Scored the winner

Northampton remain in relegation trouble after Danny East's strike saw Portsmouth win 1-0 at Sixfields.

East gave Portsmouth all three points in the fourth minute when he volleyed over goalkeeper Matt Duke from 10 yards after Jake Jervis helped on a free-kick.

Moments later Sonny Bradley headed wide from Danny Alfei's corner as Portsmouth took control of the early exchanges.

Northampton would have been on level terms had Emile Sinclair not completely missed a close range header from Evan Horwood's cross. Ricky Ravenhill fired over at the end of a good move and John Marquis was denied by Trevor Carson from a tight angle as Cobblers finally got into the game.

Darren Carter twice went close to an equaliser at the end of the first half, Carson saving his initial effort and then seeing the rebound blocked by Alfei.

Substitute Ivan Toney had a header saved by Carson after the restart and then shot over. In between Horwood fired over from a free-kick and then had a header saved by Carson as the Cobblers dominated the second half.

Portsmouth were content to defend their slender lead and offered little in attack in the second half but always looked dangerous on the beak, substitute Ricky Holmes shot over and Duke saved from Alfei.

Marquies was denied by Carson and substitute Kelvin Langmead had a shot blocked as Cobblers kept pressing for the equaliser but it never came.

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Sky Bet League 2
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1 Burton Albion 45 91
2 Shrewsbury Town 45 89
3 Southend United 45 84
4 Bury 45 82
5 Wycombe Wanderers 45 81
6 Stevenage 45 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 45 68
8 Luton Town 45 65
9 Newport County AFC 45 65
10 Northampton Town 45 61
11 Exeter City 45 61
12 Morecambe 45 60
13 Dagenham & Redbridge 45 59
14 Oxford United 45 58
15 AFC Wimbledon 45 57
16 Portsmouth 45 56
17 Accrington Stanley 45 53
18 Cambridge United 45 51
19 York City 45 51
20 Carlisle United 45 49
21 Mansfield Town 45 48
22 Hartlepool United 45 44
23 Cheltenham Town 45 40
24 Tranmere Rovers 45 39