Northampton Town have been knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy after they lost 2-0 at Portsmouth.

The Cobblers’ defeat on the South Coast was confirmed by a goal in each half. Portsmouth opened the scoring late in the first half through Gareth Evans, who headed the ball in at the back post as the home side broke from a Northampton corner.

Portsmouth’s second was scored in the second half by Stuart O’Keefe, with the midfielder firing in from 15 yards. The Cobblers had created a handful of chances before the second goal, but struggled to get back into the contest thereafter and duly exit the competition.

The result rubber-stamped a continuation of the goal drought for Northampton, who have now gone 5 games in all competitions without a goal. They also lost striker Chris Long to injury during the first half.

Northampton will look to recover from the recent form at Oldham in their next league game, with the Cobblers travelling to the North West for a League One fixture next Saturday. (09/12)

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