SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Tuesday February 25th, 7.45pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Mathias Kouo-Doumbe 6
Chris Hackett 57
SOUTHEND UNITED 1
Michael Timlin 16
Attendance: 3,846 (377 away fans)
Cobblers: Matt Duke, Leon McSweeney, Zander Diamond, Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, Gregor Robertson, Chris Hackett, Ricky Ravenhill, Darren Carter, Brennan Dickenson (sub Ian Morris 55), John Marquis (sub Alan Connell 54), Emile Sinclair (sub Gary Deegan 86).
Subs not used: Dean Snedker, Ben Tozer, Ivan Toney, Antonio German
Southend: Daniel Bentley, John White, Ben Coker, Marc Laird (sub Kevan Hurst 72), Mark Phillips, Michael Timlin, Barry Corr, Anthony Straker (sub Jason Williams 86), Will Atkinson, Ryan Leonard, Lee Barnard (sub Freddy Eastwood 56)
Subs not used: Paul Smith, Jack Payne, Josh Banton, Bedsente Gornis
Referee: Mr C Boyeson
Cobblers: John Marquis (20, 6th of the season)
Southend: Mark Phillips (90)
10 cautions on or before 11 April; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off.
Gregor Robertson replaced ankle-injury victim Joe Widdowson at left-back in the only change to the side for this re-arranged fixture. Former Sixfields loanees Marc Laird and Lee Barnard started for Southend.
The Cobblers had the lead on 6 minutes, Mathias-Kouo Doumbe scoring his second goal in as many games, this one a header from a Chris Hackett corner.
Southend equalised on 16 minutes, Michael Timlin slotting the ball home after going through one on one with Duke after beating the Cobblers defence.
With the visitors visibly boosted by their equaliser Barry Corr was denied at close range by a terrific block from Zander Diamond before the striker then headed wide from the ensuing corner.
Brennan Dickenson couldn’t keep his shot down after Diamond headed down a Hackett free-kick while at the other end a weak effort from Corr was comfortably gathered in by Matt Duke.
Chris Wilder made a double change ten minutes into the second half, Alan Connell and Ian Morris coming on for John Marquis and Brennan Dickenson.
Chris Hackett then put the Cobblers back in front, firing home right-footed after being set up superbly by Emile Sinclair.
As the Cobblers continued to play at a high intensity Hackett had the ball in the net again on 66 minutes after getting on the end of a chipped cross from Connell but his effort was ruled off-side.
The Cobblers final change came on 86 minutes, Gary Deegan replacing sponsors man of the match Emile Sinclair.
Four minutes of injury time were signalled but the Cobblers saw that out to record back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 4
CORNERS: (1) 6
FOULS: (11) 15
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1
SOUTHEND MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 4
CORNERS: (3) 4
FOULS: (6) 13
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta.