SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Saturday October 17th, 3.00pm
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 2
Frank Nouble 41
Kell Watts 86
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Ricky Korboa 61
Plymouth: Michael Cooper, Kell Watts, Will Aimson, Niall Canavan, Frank Nouble, Danny Mayor, Conor Grant (sub Ben Reeves 46), Byron Moore, Tyrese Fornah, Luke Jephcott (sub Timmy Abraham 80), George Cooper (sub Jerome Opoku 88)
Subs not used: Jack Ruddy, Scott Wootton, Joe Edwards, Dom Telford
Cobblers: Steve Arnold, Michael Harriman, Cian Bolger, Fraser Horsfall, Joe Martin, Shaun McWilliams (sub Luka Racic 66), Jack Sowerby, Ryan Watson, Sam Hoskins, Ricky Korboa (sub Caleb Chukwuemeka 79), Danny Rose (sub Benny Ashley-Seal 72)
Subs not used: Jonathan Mitchell, Mark Marshall, Nicky Adams, Harry Smith
Referee: Craig Hicks
Plymouth: Byron Moore (21), George Cooper (50)
Cobblers: Ryan Watson (43, 4th of the season), Danny Rose (67, 1st), Cian Bolger (90, 2nd)
5 cautions on or before 19 games; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 37 games; 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.
Boss Keith Curle made four changes for the trip to Plymouth Argyle with Joe Martin, back from a one-match ban, Shaun McWilliams, Ricky Korboa and Ryan Watson all coming into the side.
Pilgrims keeper Michael Cooper saved from a Sam Hoskins long range free-kick and a deflected Danny Rose effort while for the home side George Cooper headed over and Will Aimson saw a shot blocked at close range by Rose in the opening half hour.
Danny Mayor flashed a shot just wide from 25-yards and it was Plymouth who took the lead with half-time approaching, Frank Nouble heading home a Conor Grant cross at the far post.
Into the second half and Steve Arnold made a good save to prevent George Cooper doubling the host's lead while some good work from Korboa almost resulted in a Michael Harriman equaliser, his close range volley somehow tipped over by Plymouth’s goalkeeper.
The Cobblers had been threatening and were soon deservedly back on level terms, Ricky Korboa driving a shot into the bottom corner after being played in by Hoskins. Harriman then almost put the Cobblers in front when his shot found the side netting, Cooper appearing to get a touch only for a goal kick to be signalled by the referee.
A period of Plymouth pressure nearly culminated in Nouble scoring his second goal of the afternoon but his header went just over the bar. At the other end Cian Bolger headed straight at the Plymouth keeper from a Hoskins corner before the home side re-took the lead from a corner of their own, Kell Watts scoring with a close range volley.
Cooper saved from Watson as the Cobblers pressed for a second equaliser but Plymouth held on for the three points.
PLYMOUTH MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 6
CORNERS: (4) 15
FOULS: (6) 13
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 3
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 10
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (0) 3
CORNERS: (2) 5
FOULS: (3) 13
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0