Northampton Town beat Portsmouth at Sixfields, as the League One side began Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s spell at the club with consecutive wins.

Chris Long opened the scoring with his first Northampton goal, as the strike received Shaun McWilliams’ before the loanee hit a low strike into the bottom corner.

Despite losing midfielder Shaun McWilliams to injury, the home side doubled their lead just after the half-hour mark. Matt Crooks, who scored the winner against Doncaster on Saturday, struck when the midfielder tapped in Matt Grimes’ cross.

Portsmouth came back into the contest just after half-time when Matty Kennedy took advantage of two failures to clear and finished.

The visitors tried to get back level, but it was the home side who got the game’s 4th goal, as a cross was flicked on to Long, who smartly finished for his second of the game.

A couple of late chances saw saves made by home keeper Matt Ingram, but Northampton held out to take three points and move out of the relegation zone. The home side will look to continue their recent upturn in form on Saturday when they travel to face Southend.

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