Northampton Town beat Southend United 3-1 at Sixfields to pick up their first win in 5 League One matches.

Strikes at each end of the second half saw Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side achieve the victory, with Matt Grimes and Alex Revell deciding a contest that had been level at half-time.

After a tight opening, Northampton went in front through John-Joe O’Toole. The midfielder bundled the ball over the line after Mark Oxley initially denied Ash Taylor’s header, before a clearance struck Matt Crooks and landed for O’Toole to score.

Southend equalised from the penalty spot within 7 minutes. Taylor’s coming together with Stephen McLaughlin was ruled as a foul by the home defender, and from 12 yards, Jason Demetriou beat Matt Ingram to score.

Neither side could find a way through in the remainder of a scrappy opening period, but Northampton had a chance to retake the lead when they got a penalty within minutes of the restart. A foul on Chris Long saw the hosts given a penalty, which Grimes struck into the back of the net.

The Cobblers had to wait until the end of the second 45 to settle any nerves. Substitute debutant Hildeberto Pereira, who had earlier hit the crossbar, was involved as he crossed for Revell to score.