Boothroyd buoyed by home win

Aidy Boothroyd: Happy with strike duo

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Aidy Boothroyd hailed his new strike partnership after Northampton climbed off the foot of the table with a 1-0 win over Accrington.

A solitary first-half goal from Stuart Dallas earned the Cobblers all three points while condemning Stanley to their first defeat in nine outings.

The hosts could even afford a penalty miss from Izale McLeod on his debut, the on-loan MK Dons striker having his spot-kick saved by Marcus Bettinelli.

And it was the form of McLeod and Clive Platt which gave Boothroyd most satisfaction, apart from seeing his side secure a rare victory to move off the bottom.

He said: "Clive Platt and Izale McLeod struck up a good partnership when they played together a few seasons ago and they did again today. Izale suits the way I want us to play and he reads Clive well.

"The number nine role is becoming less fashionable in today's game but I'm a big believer in the number nine, that's why I've taken Clive to three clubs.

"He doesn't always score goals but if you ask any of the strikers he's played with in my teams they will all say he is the best target man they have partnered.

"Players always want to play the number 10 role now but I'm more interested in number nines and Clive is great in that role.

"It was a good performance against a side who are right up there in the form table but we made a good start against them. They put us under pressure in the second half but we weathered it and they didn't cause us too many problems.

"The result was all-important because another couple of good results could get us into mid-table. It certainly looks a lot better now than it did."